Expected arrival of Felix Wiedwald at Leeds United will lead to goalkeeper exit

Felix Wiedwald. PIC: Thomas Starke/Bongarts/Getty Images
Felix Wiedwald. PIC: Thomas Starke/Bongarts/Getty Images
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GOALKEEPER Felix Wiedwald is poised to become Leeds United’s next signing after flying to England to undergo a medical with the club.

Wiedwald looks set to be unveiled as a Leeds player in the next 24 hours following successful discussions between United and Werder Bremen over a fee for the 27-year-old.

Marco Silvestr. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Marco Silvestr. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Leeds have agreed to pay around £500,000 to take Wiedwald from Bremen and he travelled to Yorkshire from Germany on Thursday to begin a medical and finalise the move.

United have targeted the former Eintracht Frankfurt player despite having three keepers in their senior squad.

Rob Green, Marco Silvestri and academy product Bailey Peacock-Farrell are all under contract until 2018 but Wiedwald’s arrival is likely to lead to a departure from Elland Road.

Green was first choice under former head coach Garry Monk last season, starting all 46 of United’s Championship matches, while Silvestri was limited to six appearances in FA Cup and EFL Cup matches.

Rob Green. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Rob Green. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Silvestri reported back for pre-season training this week but he admitted before Christmas that he would consider his future if Green continued to keep him out of the team.

Bologna were linked with the Italian earlier in the summer.

Wiedwald’s entire career to date has been played out in the German leagues, with spells at MSV Duisburg and Eintracht Frankfurt coming before a move to Bremen in 2015.

He played 25 times in the Bundesliga last season but saw his place threatened this week by Bremen’s successful bid to sign Jiri Pavlenka from Slavia Prague.

Bremen held talks with Wiedwald over his future following an approach from Leeds and have granted his request to move on.

Bremen’s sporting director, Frank Baumenn, told Kicker magazine that the club were willing to “find a reasonable solution”. United’s interest in Wiedwald has developed quickly and comes on the back of last week’s signing of Poland international Mateusz Klich from FC Twente.

The club’s incoming deals this summer are likely to run close to double figures, including winger Hadi Sacko and centre-back Pontus Jansson who have agreed to follow up loans at Elland Road last season by accepting permanent contracts, and Leeds are continuing to push towards a deal for Huesca number 10 Samuel Saiz.

Saiz has been in United’s sights for the past fortnight and the club are confident of beating Eibar to the midfielder’s signature.

Sources in Spain have told the YEP that they expect a deal to be agreed in “a matter of days”, allowing Saiz to travel to England and finalise his transfer next week.

Meanwhile, young Leeds left-back Tom Pearce has signed a new one-year contract.


United’s Championship trip to Hull City on Saturday, January 29 has been moved to a 12.30pm kick-off on police advice.

Leeds could see more alterations to their fixture list on Monday when the EFL announces its televised fixtures for the rest of August and early September.

Thomas Christiansen’s side are already due to feature in a live broadcast on the first weekend of the Championship term, away at Bolton Wanderers on Sunday, August 6.

Marcelo Bielsa.

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