Leeds United: Deal for Fulham’s Stockdale hits the buffers

David Stockdale. PIC: PA
David Stockdale. PIC: PA
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Leeds United’s interest in David Stockdale appears to be dead after the club failed to reach a deal with Fulham over the signing of the England goalkeeper.

United were prominent in a group of clubs bidding to acquire Stockdale on loan but a proposed transfer to Elland Road is understood to have fallen through due to the terms set by Fulham and their insistence on the provision of a recall clause.

Leeds switched their attention to 25-year-old Stockdale after holding unsuccessful talks with Preston North End’s Andy Lonergan but manager Simon Grayson is once again reassessing his options with the start of the season closing in rapidly.

Ipswich Town and Swansea City were also on the trail of Leeds-born Stockdale, a keeper who was named in an England squad for the first time last season, but Fulham have refused to bend on their demand for a 24-hour recall clause in any loan deal, with manager Martin Jol saying: “He is close (to a transfer) but there is a little issue with the recall.”

Fulham are also believed to be seeking a loan fee for Stockdale.

United’s search for a new keeper and a replacement for Kasper Schmeichel is becoming increasingly urgent with two weeks to go before the Championship season begins.

The club opened negotiations with Lonergan earlier this month and an agreement with the 27-year-old is still believed to be a possibility despite United refusing to meet his initial wage demands.

Newcastle United’s Fraser Forster is also thought to be in Leeds’ sights, though Newcastle value the youngster at around £2million.

United, meanwhile, were expected to field a new trialist in today’s friendly against Sheffield Wednesday, Hungarian international Boldizsar Bodor.

The 29-year-old left-back – most recently on the books of Dutch club Roda JC – trained with Leeds yesterday and was due to feature in Grayson’s squad at Hillsborough.

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