Frankfurt set to offer Wiedwald escape route from Leeds United

Leeds United goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald during the club's 3-1 win at QPR in December.
Leeds United goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald during the club's 3-1 win at QPR in December.
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Felix Wiedwald is closing in on a return to Germany with Eintracht Frankfurt bidding to sign him from Leeds United.

Wiedwald looks set to end a torrid year in England by moving back to the Bundesliga and rejoining a club he played for earlier in his career.

The 28-year-old spent two years with Frankfurt between 2013 and 2015 and is wanted by the German side to compete with new signing Frederik Ronnow after current first-choice Lukas Hradecky chose to leave at the end of his contract.

Eintracht's sporting director, Bruno Hubner, confirmed his side's interest today, saying: "It is correct that we are dealing with the return of Felix Wiedwald but we cannot announce anything yet and we have to wait a bit longer."

Leeds are open to approaches for Wiedwald and want to move him on just 12 months into his three-year contract.

Wiedwald cost £500,000 from Werder Bremen last summer, replacing Rob Green as number one at Elland Road, but he struggled for form in the Championship and was dropped by both of United’s head coaches this term, Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom, amid criticism of his performances.

His last appearance came in a 3-0 defeat at Middlesbrough in March, a result which saw him lose his place to 21-year-old Bailey Peacock-Farrell. Wiedwald struggled to make the bench ahead of Andy Lonergan during the closing stages of the term.

United have been targeting a new keeper since the beginning of the transfer window and are vying to sign Manchester City youngster Angus Gunn on a season-long loan.

The club have also shown an interest in Birmingham City’s David Stockdale - surplus to requirements at St Andrews - but the YEP understands that Leeds and Stockdale are a distance apart on wages.

Wiedwald’s availability has alerted Frankfurt, who recently won Germany’s DBF Cup with an impressive victory over Bayern Munich. Hradecky confirmed ahead of the final that he would be quitting the club when he contract expired this summer and has since agreed a move to Bayer Leverkusen. Ronnow, meanwhile, will officially join Frankfurt from Danish club Brondby next month.

Wiedwald is among a group of players who Leeds are working to remove from their wage bill. Academy midfielder Madger Gomes departed for Sochaux in France last week and Swedish forward Marcus Antonsson is close to a move to Massimo Cellino’s Brescia in Italy.

New United head coach Marcelo Bielsa spent weeks studying the squad at Elland Road prior to his appointment on Friday and has already told Leeds which players will not be part of his plans next season.