Leeds are ready to seal a deal for keeper Andy Lonergan after agreeing a £200,000 fee with League One-bound Preston.
Lonergan has had a medical and discussed terms at Elland Road and is expected to sign on today as a replacement for Kasper Schmiechel, who has moved to Leicester City.The 27-year-old Lonergan has long been considered one of the best keepers outside the Premier League but had a dip in confidence last year which resulted in Preston bringing in Iain Turner from Everton.
However, Simon Grayson believes the move to Elland Road can give Lonergan the challenge he needs to rediscover his old self.
Lonergan has been at Preston since he was a schoolboy making his debut as a 16-year-old in a League Cup tie at Coventry in September 2000. Other clubs such as Blackpool, Everton and West Brom showed interest but never followed it up.
Lonergan was valued at £1million a few months ago so Leeds believe they have a bargain for £200,000 but Preston's relegation means they have to lose their big earners to survive and Lonergan quickly follows Sean St Ledger out the door.