Marcelo Bielsa’s goalkeeper search has been a hot topic of discussion amongst Leeds United fans in the early stages of the January transfer window, with The Whites making little progress as of yet.
However, it seems that they are starting to ramp up their search for a new man in between in the sticks. Football Insider‘s Pete O’Rourke writes that Leeds United are now looking at Spain for a new goalkeeper after struggling in England.
Over the past few months, Leeds United have been linked with many goalkeepers. Freddie Woodman and Karl Darlow of Newcastle United have both been mentioned, as have Fraser Forster, Tom Heaton and Michel Vorm of Southampton, Burnley and Tottenham respectively.
Newcastle’s Karl Darlow was believed to be the name at the top of Marcelo Bielsa’s list. However, The Magpies favoured a £4 million permanent deal, while Leeds were pursuing a loan move for the former Nottingham Forest man. As a result, the move broke down, and Bielsa has been forced to look for other options.
Now, with United’s search in England reaping no rewards as of yet, they are reportedly now looking to Spain – the home country of Victor Orta – to see if they can find some much-needed reinforcement in the goalkeeping department.
Prior to working with Middlesbrough and now Leeds United, Orta worked in his home nation of Spain. He worked with Spanish sides Real Vallodid, Sevilla and Elche in his time before moving to England. Orta is looking at scouring the nation he knows best to ensure that Bielsa gets some much needed back up for current #1 Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
Orta has already started scouting in Spain, as Leeds were keen on Alaves winger Ibai Gomez. However, they missed out on him after he opted to rejoin former side Athletic Bilbao earlier this week.