By Mark Smith

11th Mar, 2020 | 6:30pm

Report shares Leeds transfer stance on Illan Meslier after shining start to life in C'Ship

Leeds United are ready to activate the permanent option to sign Illan Meslier at the end of the season, according to the Mirror.

The newspaper suggests on their website that the Whites see great potential in the French youngster, and believe he can eventually succeed Kiko Casilla at Elland Road.

According to the report, Marcelo Bielsa was impressed with Meslier before he even made his senior debut for the club through his performances with the under-23s.

The Athletic’s Phil Hay has previously revealed that Leeds have an option to make the move permanent from Lorient for only £5million.

Given the evidence that he has shown in his three appearances for the club, that fee appears to be a bargain and Leeds could pull off a masterclass.

Leeds fans have taken to the charismatic youngster quickly at Elland Road, and a permanent deal would certainly suit all parties.

Meslier has stepped up well in the absence of Casilla, who is two games into his eight-match ban. The 20-year-old has kept clean sheets against both Hull and Huddersfield and hasn’t looked out of place with the ball at his feet.

There are still major doubts around the future of Casilla in West Yorkshire and with six guaranteed starts ahead of him, Meslier certainly has the chance to cement his spot in a side potentially on their way to the Premier League.

Leeds could have a busy summer transfer window ahead of them with Jack Harrison, Helder Costa and Jean-Kevin Augustin all having options-to-buy in their loan deals.

In other Leeds United news, this report has detailed current stance of Whites around Casilla and racism ban