Report: Leeds could sign Lorient goalkeeper Illan Meslier today

A general view of the Billy Bremner statue outside Elland Road during the Pre Season Friendly match between Leeds United and Everton at Elland Road on August 1, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Illan Meslier is reportedly on his way to the Championship to replace Bailey Peacock-Farrell at Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United.


With Bailey Peacock-Farrell becoming the latest Leeds United player lured away from Elland Road by Burnley, the Championship title favourites have just over 24 hours remaining to snap up a new goalkeeper.

Leeds Live dropped a hint about their plans on Tuesday, claiming that The Whites were looking at an as-yet unnamed shot-stopper plying his trade in France. And now it seems his identify has been revealed.


According to Goal, 19-year-old Lorient ‘keeper Illan Meslier is the man in Leeds’ sights and a move to Elland Road could even be completed by the end of the day.

As is rather typical of a Victor Orta signings, Leeds fans will be flocking to Wikipedia in their droves with Meslier emerging as the number one target. The France U19 international is hardly a household name after all, having made just 23 senior appearances in league football.

Illan Meslier of France does passed during the friendly match between Argentina and France U20 at Pinatar Arena in Murcia, Spain on March 20 2019.

But Orta has a promising track record when it comes to identifying and signing dazzling young talents, particularly Mateusz Bogusz, and Leeds fans should be confident that Meslier is more of a hit than a miss.

According to Goal, the teenage goalkeeper was a target for Chelsea and Monaco after forcing his way into the Lorient starting XI eight months ago.

Though, on the other hand, Meslier is a young and still unproven goalkeeper who has absolutely no experience in English football. Is he an upgrade on Peacock-Farrell? Only time will tell.

Illan Meslier of France looks on in the tunnel ahead of the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup group E match between Mali and France at Gdynia Stadium on May 31, 2019 in Gdynia, Poland.

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