LEEDS United have lined up Wolves goalkeeper Andy Lonergan to replace Rob Green who looks set to join Huddersfield Town.
Green has fallen behind new first- choice custodian Felix Wiedwald at Leeds and the Terriers have been among a handful of clubs to have expressed an interest in signing the 37-year-old before the closure of the summer transfer window. United were not prepared to let the experienced shotstopper depart unless they found a suitable replacement but 33-year-old Lonergan is now set to return for a second spell at Elland Road.
United signed Lonergan on a three-year deal from Preston North End in July 2011 and the ‘keeper made 38 appearances as Leeds finished 14th in the Championship in the season that boss Simon Grayson was replaced by Neil Warnock.
Lonergan moved to Bolton Wanderers the following summer and made 62 appearances for the Trotters over the next three campaigns before joining Fulham in June 2015.
He featured 31 times in one season at the Cottagers before joining Wolves last summer with the ‘keeper playing 15 times for the Molineux outfit last term.
New Whites first-choice Wiedwald has kept three clean sheets from his four league starts for the Whites who remain unbeaten and sit fifth ahead of this evening’s Championship clash at fourth-placed Nottingham Forest.
Asked to comment on confirmed interest from Huddersfield in Green, Whites head coach Thomas Christiansen said: “After the game, I am going to talk about Rob. I will talk about him after.”
United’s new striker Jay-Ray Grot is in line to make his Leeds debut in the clash at the City Ground but the Whites remain in the hunt for another striker following Chris Wood’s £15m switch to Premier League side Burnley.
Leeds are known to be interested in signing Middlesbrough striker Rudy
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Gestede and have already seen one bid of £6m rejected.
But Christiansen was not prepared to comment on his side’s interest in the 28-year-old forward, declaring that he would leave that in the hands of United’s director of football Victor Orta.
“You have to ask Victor,” said the Whites head coach.
Leeds winger Stuart Dallas is also attracting interest from United’s Championship rivals Norwich City but Christiansen has made it clear that he wants the Northern Ireland international to remain at Elland Road.
Dallas is facing stiff competition to hold down a starting place and is into the final year of his deal at Leeds.
Christiansen said: “There’s a lot of competitiveness in the squad but I need a player like Stuart.”
United have also parted company with midfielder Toumani Diagouara who has left the club by mutual consent.
The Paris born midfielder joined United from Brentford in January 2016 but the 30-year-old has not featured for the Whites in Christiansen’s rein.