Leeds United could be set for more transfer disappointment as Birmingham City’s newly imposed transfer embargo means transfer target David Stockdale is unlikely to leave the club.
Self-professed Leeds United fan David Stockdale has been linked with a move to his boyhood club throughout the summer, following the departure of last season’s number one Felix Wiedwald and the termination of Andy Lonergan’s contract.
However, with Birmingham City now under a transfer embargo, Blues boss and former Leeds United manager Garry Monk may be forced to use Stockdale, who was previously listed as available for transfer, in the first team next season, with no replacement already brought in, according to The Mirror.
While the embargo doesn’t prohibit Birmingham from conducting the sales of first-team players, it would prevent the club from bringing in any new arrivals, which will impact Garry Monk’s willingness to allow players such as Stockdale to depart.
This means Leeds United may have to bite the bullet and start searching elsewhere. That said, missing out on Stockdale may not actually be disastrous – the stopper regularly divided opinion at both Brighton and Birmingham and his errors regularly cost both sides crucial points.
Leeds fans have already suffered plenty of disappointment in the transfer window at this point, with potential deals for Derby County forward Matej Vydra and Manchester City’s promising keeper Angus Gunn already falling through right in front of their eyes.
It looks like more disappointment is on the way too, with Stockdale looking even more likely to stay put at St. Andrew’s, forcing boss Marcelo Bielsa to look elsewhere as he prepares his squad for a potential play-off push.