By Neil Champney

25th Jul, 2020 | 10:40am

Phil Hay issues Twitter response to report linking Leeds with swoop for Man United player

Phil Hay has responded to a report linking Leeds United with a summer move for Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

The 96-cap Argentina international has found himself firmly relegated to the role of understudy ever since he arrived at Old Trafford, and has amassed just 59 appearances over five years in England.

According to a report from Argentinean outlet TyC Sports, the keeper has “no place” in Manchester, and is being “targeted” by Leeds this summer.

And Hay has seemingly left the door open to a potential deal being pursued in the coming weeks, as well outlining Leeds’ interest in Arsenal stopper Emiliano Martinez.

Responding to a question about whether or not there was any truth in the report on his personal Twitter account, he said: I know they like Martinez at Arsenal.

“Romero is a similar fit”.

While Hay has stopped short of confirming Leeds’ interest in Romero, it certainly does sound as if this one could be an obtainable transfer this summer.

The fact that The Athletic journalist has gone as far as to suggest that the veteran Argentine would be a similar fit to a player he considers to be a known Leeds target would suggest that there is at least some hope that this transfer could go ahead.

And we think it would be a smart move if it did.

Kiko Casilla’s future at Leeds is in doubt after being hit with an eight-match ban for racism earlier this season, and while Illan Meslier has joined on a full-time basis, if the Spaniard leaves, the Whites will need to go back into the transfer market for another keeper.

Romero is vastly experienced, top quality talent who has consistently been first choice for one of the premier footballing nations on the planet, and whether it would be as a direct challenger of the number one spot, or as an old head who can impart his wisdom onto the young Frenchman, this would surely be a smart move to wrap up.

In other Leeds United news, Adrian Durham has suggested a move to Leeds for this big-money Manchester City player.