Leeds United have agreed a deal with Chelsea that will see them sign goalkeeper Jamal Blackman on a season long loan deal.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that the player will undergo a medical in the very near future and will be available for Leeds United’s first pre-season friendly at Forest Green this coming Tuesday.

This deal has been in the pipeline for a while now, and he has been Leeds’ first choice ever since talks of signing Angus Gunn and David Stockdale were put to bed.

Angus Gunn signed permanently for Premier League side Southampton, while Stockdale and Leeds could not come to an agreement.

However, Leeds finally appear to have sold their goalkeeping crisis, with Blackman set to return to the Sky Bet Championship following a successful loan spell at Sheffield United last season.

The 24-year-old shot stopper played 33 times for the Blades last season, and clearly impressed enough to earn himself another loan deal in the second tier.

He is highly thought of by his parent club Chelsea, but with the likes of Thibaut Courtois and Willy Caballero ahead of him, he knows he would not get much first team action and a loan deal away from the club is the best option for all parties.

Signing a goalkeeper was the main priority for Marcelo Bielsa after he arrived at Elland Road, with the Whites currently only having one first team goalkeeper in their squad.

That is youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell, who finished last season as the club’s first choice following the disappointing performances of German keeper Felix Wiedwald.

Wiedwald has since left the club, and Leeds needed someone who could compete for that number one spot with Peacock-Farrell.


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