By Bruce Watson

2nd Mar, 2021 | 2:40pm

Leeds set to release Casilla with replacement lined up - report

Leeds United are interested in signing Alavez goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco after making a decision on Kiko Casilla’s future, according to Spanish outlet todofichajes. 

Casilla’s time at Elland Road looks to be over after barely playing this season and when he was given a chance against Crawley in the FA Cup, he blew it.

Leeds have reportedly found their replacement in Alavez stopper Pacheco with the Whites set to release Casilla at the end of the season.

Todofichajes claim Leeds could face competition from Southampton for the former Real Madrid youth player.

Alavez have reportedly placed a €10million (£8.6million) valuation on their goalkeeper’s head with both clubs happy to pay that fee as well as increase the 28-year-old’s wages.

Pacheco is dreaming of a big move, according to the report, and a move to Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds would certainly offer him that.

With the club reportedly courting new goalkeepers it does look like Casilla’s days are numbered which is frankly great news.

There won’t be any Leeds fans sad that Casilla is finally gone after doing nothing but sit on the bench this season.

He played two games and was poor in both so any last remaining hopes of a revival have been well and truly dashed.

Pacheco looks like a decent goalkeeper and you would think the man who has over 200 appearances for Alavez would be playing second fiddle to Illan Meslier.

Meslier does make mistakes though and at times this season we could’ve done with another goalkeeper to take some of the strain off the young stopper.

Pacheco looks like he fits this bill and on the face of it, he looks like a good signing who’s fee wouldn’t affect our budget too much.

Frankly, we’re just glad to be getting rid of Casilla.

In other Leeds United news, the Premier League have made a mistake in letting Mike Dean ref our game against West Ham.