Odds cut: Sunderland now clear favourites to sign Leeds United's Robert Green

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson

The Leeds United goalkeeper could replace Vito Mannone at Sunderland.

Sunderland are now evens favourites to sign Leeds United goalkeeper Robert Green with bookmaker Bet Victor.

The Mackems, who alongside Bournemouth were listed as 6/1 outsiders earlier this week, are now clear frontrunners for Green's signature, after climbing above Middlesbrough and Arsenal [both 4/1].

Leeds United's Robert GreenLeeds United's Robert Green

Their sudden leap does have an air of inevitability about it, with Vito Mannone's imminent departure to Reading confirmed by Sunderland manager Simon Grayson on Tuesday.

And the Wearside club have already sold last season's first choice 'keeper Jordan Pickford to Everton.

Meanwhile, Leeds have recruited Felix Wiedwald from Werder Bremen, and the German is in line to replace Green as Thomas Christiansen's number one at Elland Road.

Green, 37, signed a new one-year contract at Leeds earlier this year, but would not have anticipated dropping out of contention.

Sunderland's Vito MannoneSunderland's Vito Mannone

Sunderland fielded youngster Maksymilian Stryjek in goal during Tuesday's friendly win against Hartlepool United, with last summer's recruit Mika their only other option in Mannone's absence.

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