According to reports in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United are competing to sign Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn on a season-long loan deal, but they should be targeting a permanent move for Brentford stopper Daniel Bentley instead.
Well, the Yorkshire Evening Post report that the Whites are looking to improve their options between the sticks, with 21-year-old Bailey Peacock-Farrell being their first choice under Paul Heckingbottom towards the end of the campaign after previous number one Felix Wiedwald fell out of favour and was unpopular with the fans, who have urged their club to bring a £35,000-a-week Premier League defender to Elland Road this summer.
The Yorkshire Evening Post says that the German will be sold this summer just one year into his three-year contract, and that they want the highly-rated Gunn to ensure they don’t find themselves in any difficult situations again next term.
He impressed during a loan spell with Leeds’ Championship rivals Norwich City, and even earned an England call-up in November after Jack Butland had withdrawn from the squad due to injury.
The 22-year-old played every single minute of a league campaign which ended in mid-table disappointment – much like the Yorkshire outfit – keeping 15 clean sheets and conceding 60 goals.
He most impressively only conceded once across 210 minutes of football against Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup in January, before the Canaries were eventually beaten 6-4 on penalties.
The 24-year-old made an uncharacteristic mistake in his side’s 3-1 win against Leeds at Griffin Park in November when he missed the ball completely, but in general he has been brilliant for Brentford over the course of the last few seasons, and he kept 15 clean sheets and conceded 51 goals in 45 Championship outings this term.
Firstly, Bentley has played almost double the matches the 22-year-old has at this level, and there is no doubt that experience can play a huge part in terms of winning promotion from this division.
The Bees keeper has shown the quality that he has throughout his time with the west London outfit, and he is also a big character on the pitch – something that would make him popular with the Elland Road faithful.
The fact that Bentley could be theirs whereas Gunn would only be on loan is another huge reason why they should be targeting the former instead.