Leeds United are looking at signing veteran Sheffield Wednesday keeper Keiren Westwood according to reports. The Irish goalkeeper is ready to move on after being frozen out at Hillsborough and Leeds United are in an ideal situation to male a move for him.

According to the reports Westwood may be able to leave his nightmare time at Hillsborough on a free transfer in January six months earlier than his contract is out to help try to reduce a wage bill that Sheffield Wednesday could do with slashing. Wednesday are trying to get players off the wage bill to free up funds and stabilise after failing miserably to get out of the Championship by spending big money. Westwood was one of those players and despite having a very good spell to begin with he’s fallen by the wayside as they look to bring through academy players to save some cash.

Leeds United goalkeeper Jamal Blackman (1) warming up during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Guiseley and Leeds United at Nethermoor Park, Guiseley, United Kingdom on 26 July 2018. Picture by Simon Davies.

A horrific injury to Jamal Blackman has meant that Marcelo Bielsa has been left with just one senior goalkeeper in Baily Peacock-Farrell, a player who had barely played a minute of first-team football before last season. Paul Heckingbottom pushed the youngster ahead of German import Felix Wiedwald and veteran Andy Lonergan and it paid off, his most valuable contribution to the club during his short spell under Andrea Radrizzani.

Westwood is experienced but very much an asset to any Championship club. He has been a reliable player over the years, first coming to fruition at Carlisle United where he faced Leeds United in a play-off semi-final. Jonny Howson saw to it that he wouldn’t make the final by scoring two past him on the night but Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday have both come in for the keeper and it seems Leeds United could well be the next destination, only time will tell.


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