Report: Leeds could move for Arsenal's Emi Martinez on loan

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa watches on  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 11, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United are reportedly interested in signing Emiliano Martinez, but only if their pursuit of Kiko Casilla falls through.

Emiliano Martinez of Arsenal during the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Arsenal and Qarabag FK at Emirates Stadium on December 13, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. Photo by James...

Leeds are plotting a loan move for Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez should they fail to complete a deal to sign Kiko Casilla from Real Madrid, according to a report from the Daily Mail.

The Whites appear to be prioritising signing a new stopper this month, with Bailey Peacock-Farrell's form being questioned at various points throughout the campaign and summer signing Jamal Blackman already returning to Chelsea due to injury.

 

The Daily Mail reports that Casilla is close to moving to Elland Road, but Marcelo Bielsa is keeping his options open and Martinez is said to be one of several targets apparently on their radar should the 32-year-old's move fall through.

The report adds that Martinez is keen to make the move into the Championship this month having struggled for game-time during his time with the Gunners.

Kiko Casilla looks on during the prematch warm up before the La Liga match between Sociedad Deportiva Huesca and Real Madrid at Estadio El Alcoraz on December 09, 2018 in Huesca, Spain.

Martinez - who earns £10,000-a-week at the Emirates, according to Spotrac - is more than capable of playing out from the back, so it is no surprise that he is a player that could be considered should they fail to sign their reported number one target.

Peacock-Farrell has generally enjoyed a good season. But there have been moments that have left the supporters concerned about whether he is ready to be the clear number one at this stage of his career.

Casilla looks as though he could be a fantastic addition. But it is clearly smart from the Championship leaders to keep other options in mind in case the move does not go through.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa watches on  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 11, 2019 in Leeds, England.

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