Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Leeds closing in on England Keeper

Fulham keeper David Stockdale is set to join Leeds on a season-long loan deal.New Cottagers boss Martin Jol is ready to allow Stockdale to move on a temporary transfer after snapping up Csaba Somogyi on a free from Hungarian outfit Rakospalotai.Leeds have been seeking a new No1 after selling Kasper Schmeichel to Championship rivals Leicester for £1.2million last month.They have been linked with Real Madrid's Liverpool hero Jerzy Dudek, Iain Turner, who's been freed by Everton, and Burnley's Lee Grant.But manager Simon Grayson set his sights on Stockdale, 25, after missing out on Preston's Andy Lonergan, who is heading for a re-union with his former Deepdale boss David Moyes at Everton.Premier League new boys Swansea had hoped to grab Stockdale after losing Dutch keeper Dorus de Vries to Wolves on a three-year deal.But Jol refuses to sell Leeds-born Stockdale, because he rates him highly and sees him as successor to 38-year-old Mark Schwarzer.

He will also not allow him to join another Premier League side on loan as he would not be able to invoke a 24-hour recall clause in a move of that nature.

Stockdale, who played at York and Darlington before completing a £600,000 switch to Craven Cottage three years ago, would jump at the chance to link-up with his hometown team and get regular first-team football.

Fulham's goalkeeping coach Hans Segers confirmed: "I can see something happening in the next few days."

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