Transfer listed Vito Mannone could be useful Leeds United addition

Vito Mannone of Sunderland celebrates as his team draw level for the second time during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on January 2, 2017 in...

Leeds need a new goalkeeper to provide competition.

Vito Mannone of Sunderland celebrates as his team draw level for the second time during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on January 2, 2017 in...

There have not been many easy options for Leeds United so far in their search for a back-up goalkeeper.

The Whites are looking to provide competition for young talent Bailey Peacock-Farrell, after Jamal Blackman suffered a season ending injury.

 

A credible option has just presented itself, with Reading goalkeeper Vito Mannone transfer listed, the Reading Chronicle report.

Mannone has made six Championship appearances this season and is just the type of goalkeeper Leeds need to help Peacock-Farrell, who the club still intend to be number one, unless his form dips badly.

The former Arsenal goalkeeper has experience, at Premier League and Championship level.

 

Arsenal's Italian goalkeeper Vito Mannone in action during their English Premier League football match against Fulham at Craven Cottage, London, England, on September 26, 2009. AFP PHOTO

Mannone made 23 first team appearances for Arsenal, and 80 for Sunderland, before joining Reading in 2017.

He has played for Reading 47 times, but has been displaced this season and Reading are looking to move him on.

The 30-year-old is not perfect, he has the odd mistake in him, but so did Rob Green, who quickly became a fan favourite at Elland Road before unwisely being cast aside.

The best availability is sometimes simply availability, and Mannone is an option Leeds may not have too much trouble getting as they look to preserve their status in the automatic promotion spots.

Vito Mannone of Reading during the Pre-Season Friendly between Reading and Crystal Palace at Madejski Stadium on July 28, 2018 in Reading, England.

 

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