Journalist moots possible Leeds pursuit of Southampton player who once made England squad
Phil Hay has mooted the possibility of Leeds United renewing their interest in goalkeeper Angus Gunn this summer with doubts surrounding Kiko Casilla’s future.
Casilla, 33, has failed to return to Marcelo Bielsa’s starting line-up since serving his eight-match ban for racial abuse and it remains to be seen whether or not he will leave Elland Road ahead of next season.
According to The Athletic journalist Hay, Arsenal’s Emi Martinez is on Leeds’ radar while Southampton goalkeeper Gunn, 24, is also someone who the Whites may pursue.
“Martinez is in the frame at Arsenal and as it stands, Leeds are still to give any indication about what they’ll do with Casilla. But it won’t surprise me at all if they go,” Hay wrote on The Athletic website.
“Angus Gunn was a name mentioned to me earlier. Leeds were very keen on him in Bielsa’s first summer (he went to Southampton). We’ll see.”
Bielsa and Victor Orta are bound to know a lot about Gunn having shown interest in him two years ago before he joined Southampton.
Since signing for the Saints, Gunn has made 30 appearances in all competitions, keeping eight clean sheets in the process.
The former Manchester City shot-stopper has dropped down the pecking order at St Mary’s this season with him not playing a single Premier League game since Southampton’s devastating 9-0 defeat at the hands of Leicester in October.
That could make him easier to sign but do Leeds really want someone who’s best known in his spell at Southampton for conceding nine goals in one game?
Gunn has shown promise in his budding career.
He was called up to the England squad in 2017 when he was in impressive form while on loan at Norwich City.
Leeds would want him to rediscover his Norwich form if they signed him this summer but let’s not forget about Illan Meslier, who is likely to join the Whites permanently from Lorient when his loan deal ends.
Meslier could easily be Bielsa’s number one in the Premier League.
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