Leeds United: Monk targeting a new goalkeeper

Current United number one Marco Silvestri

Current United number one Marco Silvestri

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Marco Silvestri’s place at Leeds United is under threat with the club planning to sign a British goalkeeper before the start of next season.

Rotherham United’s Lee Camp and Derby County’s Lee Grant are two of the players being considered by Leeds amid clear signs that new head coach Garry Monk will install a domestic number one at Elland Road. Silvestri has been United’s first-choice for the past two seasons and is eight games away from his 100th club appearance but his better performances have been undermined by repeated mistakes.

The 25-year-old was new to England when Leeds signed him from Chievo in the summer of 2014, one of the earliest transfers of Massimo Cellino’s reign as United owner.

Silvestri is halfway through a four-year contract and he implied at the end of this season that he would stay with Leeds for a third campaign, tweeting a message with the hashtag ‘#seeunextseason’. United’s plans, however, could encourage him to seek a return to Italy.

Leeds are looking for a first choice more suited to the Championship and have identified Camp and Grant as viable options.

Both keepers are under contract until next summer, are into their 30s and have extensive experience of England’s second-tier.

A new keeper is one of a number of priorities on Monk’s list of intended transfers.

Leeds are one of the the clubs chasing prolific Oxford United forward Kemar Roofe and Manchester United striker Ashley Fletcher, and they are expected to bring in at least one new centre-back during the summer window.

The YEP understands that United are interested in Bournemouth defender Tommy Elphick, a 28-year-old who was an integral part of the Cherries’ promotion from the Championship in 2015.

Relegated Aston Villa have bid £3million for Elphick and are working to beat rival sides to a deal with the player understood to be unhappy at the length of a new contract proposed by the Cherries.

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