West Ham ready to swoop for impressive Leeds United performer with humble contract

Date published: Friday 5th March 2021 10:00 - Matthew Briggs

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West Ham are “keeping tabs” on promising Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier, according to a report.

Current Hammers No.1 Lukasz Fabianski is out of contract at the end of the season. The club do have a one-year extension option in his deal, but have not yet exercised that option.

There was talk before Christmas of the former Arsenal man getting a new two-year deal. As yet though Fabianski, who will turn 36 next month, has yet to have his immediate future mapped out.

“Talks are ongoing,” Fabianski told WeszloFM in December.

“I’d like to stay at West Ham. Extend the contract because I feel good here. I have to look at my son because he started school and I wouldn’t want to put him in a situation where he would have to change school every year.”

Now Football Insider report West Ham are “considering other options” and a club source has claimed the London club are making checks on Meslier ahead of the summer window.

Meslier has been superb for Leeds this season after he helped the Whites to promotion last term.

The 21-year-old has made 25 Premier League appearances and kept eight clean sheets this campaign.

And according to Meslier’s agent the Frenchman is beginning to gain a reputation.

“When you are so young, the youngest starting goalkeeper in Europe, for sure, big clubs could be interested, following him,” Xavier Fleury told the LUFC Fan Zone podcast.

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“Illan is starting at Leeds. He loves the club. Perhaps in one, two seasons, if you have a club like Real Madrid that knock on the door, who knows?”

Meslier is under contract until 2023 after arriving permanently last summer after a successful loan spell from Lorient.

Meslier got his chance after Kiko Casilla’s ban and has not looked back since and he now looks worth every bit of the £5m that Leeds paid for him.

The youngster penned a three-year deal, but his deal is only worth a reported £20,00o a week. West Ham would be looking to increase that and Leeds may well be forced into offering new terms to the keeper.

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