Birmingham City have emerged as the favourites to sign former England No.1 Joe Hart at 2/1 with SkyBet and this could be really positive news for Leeds United fans – who have wanted the club to sign Birmingham City’s David Stockdale during this transfer window.

With Hart supposedly set to make a move to Birmingham City during this transfer window, that would suggest that Birmingham City desperately need to get David Stockdale off the clubs wage books in order to afford Hart and could potentially be pressured to sell him to Leeds United on the cheap, if the West-Yorkshire club test Garry Monk’s resolve.

Supposedly, Stockdale’s potential transfer to Leeds United was in jeopardy with Birmingham City refusing to let the goalkeeper leave on loan for a year, with it being thought that the Blues want to agree on a deal now that gets Stockdale and his high wages off the clubs books on a permanent basis.

The West-Yorkshire club have been locked into negotiations with Birmingham City and Birmingham City weren’t thought to be keen on Leeds’ loan offer they made a while back which is that they will pay a large amount of the goalkeeper’s wages whilst he would spend the season on loan at Elland Road.

It’s thought that other clubs could come in to hijack a potential transfer for the goalkeeper with former Leeds boss Garry Monk keen to get the high earner off Birmingham’s wage list so he can bring in some new players during the transfer window.

Leeds United need to wrap up a deal for a new goalkeeper quickly in the coming weeks with Bailey Peacock-Farrell supposedly being the only goalkeeper who Marcelo Bielsa is keen on and it’s thought that Stockdale had become the clubs number one option in terms of a new signing although it appears now Jamal Blackman is the clubs main priority.

Leeds should come in with a permanent deal now for Stockdale if Hart moves to Birmingham, and if Birmingham like what Leeds offer them, two parties could end up happy at the same time.


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