By Callum O'Connell

19th Sep, 2023 | 1:40pm

Carlton Palmer believes Leeds United should let Illan Meslier leave in January

Carlton Palmer believes Leeds United should allow Illan Meslier to leave the club in January, as it would enable them to invest the money made from his sale into other areas of the squad.

The former Leeds man has claimed the club were surprised they didn’t have any potential suitors for Meslier during the summer window and therefore will be prepared to see the Frenchman leave the club in January.

He suggested that, having brought Karl Darlow into the club in the summer, they are well-equipped to see their current number one leave to bring the wage bill further down.

Speaking to Football League World on 19 September, Palmer stated: “Leeds United are reported to be ready to listen to offers for goalkeeper Illan Meslier in January.

“Leeds were surprised that he didn’t move in the summer transfer window, though they were quite relaxed as they had already signed his replacement, Karl Darlow.

“Karl signed from Newcastle in the belief that he would be their No. 1 goalkeeper. Leeds would be looking for a fee of £15-20million for the goalkeeper, where they can invest in other areas where Daniel Farke believes they’d need more.

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“It’s a right call at this junction, as they’d already put measures in place and it further reduces the wage bill in accordance with what they’d like in the Championship.”

Leeds were ready for him to go

When Leeds signed Darlow from Newcastle for around £400,000 in the summer transfer window, the assumption was that they had landed their new number one, beating Premier League side Bournemouth to his signature and allowing Meslier to exit.

However, no interest emerged in the French shot-stopper, perhaps due to the turbulent end to the season he endured which played its part in Leeds’ relegation, and saw him dropped by Sam Allardyce because of the inconsistent levels of his performances.

Now, though, it seems the club will once again attempt to drum up interest in his signature, despite the playing time he has received so far this season, in an attempt to raise money and shrink their heavy wage bill.

Darlow will be hoping that interest does emerge, with his position on the bench a source of frustration as he was originally expected to be the first-choice goalkeeper at Elland Road.

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