Leeds United’s transfer window has been quiet thus far with little by way of concrete movement into Elland Road to report, however, that trend appeared to change earlier today.
According to a report from The Yorkshire Evening Post, Jamal Blackman is set to sign for Leeds imminently after the club struck a deal with Chelsea to sign the 24-year-old goalkeeper on loan.
Considering Leeds only have Bailey Peacock-Farrell available between the sticks, the decision to sign Blackman is certainly one which has been made out of necessity, but there is reason to suggest that they should have targeted a proven goalkeeper with plenty of Premier League experience, namely Fraser Forster of Southampton.
Southampton’s latest move in the transfer market could well indicate that their fantastic shot-stopper, has become available for a summer transfer after falling down the pecking order at St Mary’s Stadium.
Forster lost his place as Southampton’s number one last season after making a handful of mistakes for the club, and Alex McCarthy took full advantage of his chance to shine in the first-team by playing a starring role in the Saints’ successful survival bid.
However, the arrival of Angus Gunn earlier this week in a £13.5 million deal has left Forster as the club’s third choice goalkeeper and seemingly surplus to requirements.
According to a recent report from The Sun, Southampton are willing to listen to offers for Forster this summer with McCarthy and Gunn expected to go head-to-head for the number one shirt.
Now that Forster has found himself as third choice keeper at an average Premier League club, it’s perfectly plausible that he may be forced to take a step down to the Championship in order to resurrect his flailing career and, with Leeds’ goalkeeping situation to consider, a move to Elland Road is certainly not beyond the realms of possibility.
Blackman’s imminent arrival suggests that Leeds have indeed come to a final decision in the transfer market, but they may be forced to rue a missed opportunity if one of their promotion-rivals eventually secures Forster’s signature.
At this moment in time the most important thing for Forster is that he is playing first-team football on a regular basis, so a move to Leeds United would have made perfect sense for the 6ft 6in stopper.
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