It looks very much like Leeds United and David Stockdale could drift apart yet again this summer after the YEP reported they are a distance apart in terms of wages. A similar story unfolded last summer and Leeds have other options.
— Leeds United News (@LeedsUnitedYEP) June 18, 2018
Birmingham City threw wages at players in the last couple of years and last summer they ramped up their spending massively. The likes of Jota, Harlee Dean, David Stockdale, Marc Roberts and Craig Gardener have all arrived over the last few years on big wages and it backfired massively. This summer Garry Monk has been left to pick up the pieces and one of the first things he did was make it clear David Stockdale was free to leave the club, but that is easier said than done with a player on a three-year-deal.
Stockdale turned down a new contract at Brighton to move back north to be closer to family. Leeds was an ideal destination for the player given he’s a huge Leeds fan and Leeds needed a keeper what could possibly go wrong? Simply Leeds weren’t willing to meet his wage demands and it seems like that will be the case this year again.
Leeds are set to cancel the contract of Felix Wiedwald so he can return to Germany in the coming days. That leaves the club with Andy Lonergan and Baily Peacock-Farrell, the Northern Ireland international now by far and away the clear number one. He was thrown in at the deep end by Paul Heckingbottom and never looked back and heads into the summer as someone who will be expecting to start the summer as a part of the plans under Marcelo Bielsa. Leeds are also keen on Manchester City keeper Angus Gunn, something that seems very realistic given the links between Bielsa ans Guardiola.