Leeds' last-ditch attempt to land Schmeichel replacement

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Leeds United's attempt to sign Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale will be concluded in the next 24 hours according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The 25-year-old England fringe international has commanded interest from a number of clubs in the Barclays Premier League and below after expressing his hunger for first team football.

"I need games," said Stockdale. "I'm definitely looking to get out and I think the manager is thinking the same thing.

"I came to show what I can do and I want to go out and do that again. You can't rest on your laurels and you need to continue proving yourself all the time."

Lilywhites boss Simon Grayson is on the lookout for another stopper to provide competition for recently signed Paul Rachubka, who moved to Elland Road following the surprise sale of former No.1 Kasper Schmeichel to promotion hopefuls Leicester City.


The Cottagers are open to letting Leeds-born Stockdale leave Craven Cottage on loan, providing Grayson agrees to a 24-hour recall clause being inserted into the Fulham keeper's contract.

"We're talking to a few clubs because the conditions need to be finalised," confirmed Martin Jol. "But we want to recall him if necessary because if something happens with Mark (Schwarzer) then we need a back-up."

Stockdale was due to be on the bench for Fulham in last night's UEFA Europa League victory over Crusaders, but his omission from the squad indicates a transfer to Elland Road could be concluded imminently.

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