Fulham keeper David Stockdale is close to joining Leeds on loan next season, according to reports on SkySports.com.

The 25-year-old has fallen further down the pecking order at Craven Cottage due to the arrival of Hungarian goalie Csaba Somogyi, and is now ready to make a short-term switch in an effort to play first team football.

The Leeds-born keeper said: "They've [Fulham] signed a new goalkeeper, so hopefully that paves the way for a loan move. I want to play games."

Newly promoted Swansea were favourites to take on the keeper, but their plans were thwarted by Fulham manager Martin Jol.

Jol warned Stockdale that a deal would be made with an Npower Championship club because of the need for a recall clause adding: "It's good for him to play every week but it's about the club.


"There's quite a few parties interested. He's a good young keeper but lacks experience, which hopefully he can get.”

Stockdale accepted his fate: "If there isn't a Premier League option, I might have to go down the league.

"It's not about being part of the Premier League and sitting on the bench. It's nice, don't get me wrong, but I want to be playing games."

Swansea had put an offer for £2 million for Stockdale, but Fulham are still keen to hold on to the promising shot stopper for the long term.

Stockdale concluded: "The chairman (Mohammed Al-Fayed) has passed the word that he doesn't want to sell me. I just have to get on with it. I like it here."

Fulham's goalkeeping coach Hans Segers added: "I can see something happening in the next few days."

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