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Leeds complete goalkeeper coup
Thursday, 8th Aug 2019 11:38 by @LucasMonk99

Leeds United have completed their first signing of transfer deadline day.

French goalkeeper Ilan Meslier has moved to Elland Road on a season-long loan from FC Lorient.

Meslier, 19, broke into Lorient's first team last season and made 30 appearances in all competitions and kept 11 clean sheets.

The 6 ft 6 shot-stopper's impressive performances helped Les Merlus to a finish of sixth in Ligue 2, and he later represented his nation in the under-20 FIFA World Cup earlier this year.

Anterior to this he had discussed a potential move to AS Monaco, and attracted further interest from Chelsea, making this deal something of a coup for United.

Leeds, who have the option to make the transfer permanent at the end of the season, appear to have signed a direct replacement for Bailey Peacock-Farrell, who joined Burnley last week for a fee of £2,500,000.

Meslier will now compete with Kiko Casilla for the first-team goalkeeping berth, and could well make his debut in Tuesday's Carabao Cup clash away to Salford City.

Speculation abounds that Arsenal's England under-21 forward Eddie Nketiah will follow the Frenchman into Elland Road in another season-long loan deal, which would take Leeds's number of domestic loans up to five.

Teams are only allowed that number in a matchday squad, but Meslier's transfer does not count toward this limit.

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