Sky Sport, reporting their ‘sources’, say that Brighton and Hove Albion keeper David Stockdale has rejected the offer of a new contract from the south coast club.
Leeds-born Stockdale was bought by promoted Brighton from Fulham at the end of July 2014, his three-year deal coming to an end very soon.
Last season the 31-year-old stopper, who played in 45 games for the Seagulls across their promotion campaign, conceded just 40 times in a season where he also kept 20 clean sheets. Such was the level of his performances that he earned a place in both the PFA and EFL Championship teams of the year.
Stockdale’s rejection of Brighton’s offer flies in the face of earlier stories from late April, such as that carried by the Daily Mail, that he was “expected to sign a contract extension.”
This contract rejection also opens up the interesting possibility that Stockdale’s eyes are cast elsewhere, and there will be no shortage of sides wiling to bring the experienced keeper into their clubs.
Back in late April, The Sun said that Stockdale was wanted by Leeds United, who were going to enter into the fray and pitch themselves up against Premier League champions Chelsea, something ‘confirmed’ earlier this month by the Mirror.
The latest rumoured interest for stopper Stockdale comes again from the Mirror, who last week said that Crystal Palace had entered the tug-of-war for the now much-hunted keeper.
Whatever the case may be with this saga, David Stockdale will not have any shortage of suitors should he choose, as looks likely, to walk away from Brighton and seek his footballing fortunes elsewhere.