Leeds United: Whites eye possible move for Barnsley keeper

Ross Turnbull

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LEEDS UNITED are being linked with a move for Barnsley goalkeeper Ross Turnbull.

United are in the market for a seasoned back-up keeper to compete with number one Marco Silvestri, with summer recruit Charlie Horton viewed as a long-term project and not specifically as an immediate understudy to the Italian in 2015-16.

And Turnbull, 30, who has a season left on his contract at Oakwell having arrived from Doncaster Rovers last summer, has emerged as a option for Leeds, who are considering several back-up contenders to potentially battle it out with Silvestri.

The north-easterner spent 11 years at Middlesbrough before making a surprise move to Chelsea in the summer of 2009.

After four years at Stamford Bridge as back-up to Peter Cech, where he made seven appearances, ex-England Under-19 stopper Turnbull joined Doncaster on a 12-month deal just before the start of the 2013-14 campaign. Turnbull made 27 starts in all competitions last term for Barnsley – keeping eight clean sheets – having previously spent two loan spells at the South Yorkshire club earlier in his career. But his 2014-15 season ended prematurely due to a back injury, which forced him to undergo surgery, with his final game coming in a 5-1 loss at Crawley Town on February 14.

Turnbull also suffered from a back ailment in the early part of last season, which delayed his debut with the Bishop-Auckland born custodian expected to face a battle to hold onto the number one jersey at Oakwell in 2015-16 with Adam Davies.

Ex-Sheffield Wednesday keeper Davies impressed during Turnbull’s absence last term.

United remain in the market for a central midfielder and a left-winger.

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