By Pranav Shahaney

24th Jul, 2021 | 12:10pm

Carlton Palmer reacts to Freddie Woodman reportedly snubbing Leeds United

Leeds United will find it difficult to sign a backup goalkeeper ready to challenge Illan Meslier for the number one spot, claims Carlton Palmer.

The Whites were understood to be interested in signing Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, but according to Football Insider, he turned down a move to Elland Road.

Woodman wasn’t open to the idea of playing second fiddle to Meslier, and Palmer believes that’s something his former team will have to deal with as they look to sign a new keeper.

Speaking to Football FanCast about the reported snub, he said, “It is a difficult situation. You don’t want a goalkeeper that’s going to come there and that’s happy – and I’ve known goalkeepers who are happy to do that – to just sit on the bench and not play.

“Unfortunately, when you’re looking for a goalkeeper, that is the scenario you start off with.”

Klaesson incoming

While Woodman’s proven in English football and would’ve been a good backup to Meslier, not signing him certainly isn’t the end of the world.

Even Meslier came to Elland Road with little to no fanfare and has already become one of our most important players.

Not only is he a phenomenal shot-stopper, but he is also good with the ball at his feet and got better as the season progressed.

He’s now our undisputed number one and will welcome the challenge our new reported goalkeeping signing Kristoffer Klaesson can pose to him.

According to The Daily Mail, he’s ready to accept our offer and is very close to completing a summer move to Elland Road.

The Norwegian will turn 21 later this year and it’s refreshing to see such a young goalkeeping contingent for a top-half Premier League team.

Hopefully, he gets his games in the domestic cups and has a similar trajectory to Meslier as he’s pretty highly rated in his home country.

In other Leeds United news, ‘Exceptional circumstances’ may lead to Leeds wrapping up new senior transfer – reliable journo