|Town Linked With Move for Leeds Keeper Lonergan|
Friday, 13th Jul 2012 23:22
Blues boss Paul Jewell is hoping to beat Bolton to the signature of Leeds United keeper Andy Lonergan, according to a national newspaper. The Town manager is ready to offer the Whites their £200,000 asking price for the 28-year-old, who was previously a Blues target in 2008 during Jim Magilton’s time as boss when at hometown club Preston.
Leeds are willing to allow the 6ft 3in tall keeper to leave now that they have completed the signing of Paddy Kenny from QPR.
Lonergan is well known to Bolton manager Owen Coyle, who has confirmed his interest: "There are a number of goalkeepers that have been in the frame, and Andy is one that has been mentioned.
"He's a goalkeeper I've known about for many years and he played against my Burnley team for Preston in a season that he was probably the outstanding keeper in the whole Championship.
"There was a lot of interest from Everton at the time, I'm led to believe, so I know all about him, but there are three or four others out there at the moment, so we'll see what the next couple of weeks bring."
Leeds boss Neil Warnock has confirmed that his club has turned down a bid for Lonergan, who has two years left on his contract at Elland Road: "We have an offer from a Championship club for Andy Lonergan, but it wasn't what we would call acceptable."
Coyle wants Lonergan to compete with Hungarian Adam Bogdan for a first team place, while a more regular spot is likely at Portman Road.
Capped by the Republic of Ireland, who he qualifies for through his grandparents, at U16 level and England at U20, Lonergan also had loan spells at Darlington, Blackpool, Wycombe Wanderers and Swindon while with Preston, joining Leeds for an initial fee of £200,000 a year ago.
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|enlaw added 23:35 - Jul 13|
All I want is a good vocal keeper who can keep the deffence calm (no fulop, me no speak all game) but also a keeper with quick distribution for counter attacking football!
|casanovacrow added 23:36 - Jul 13|
Cant see him being more than a back up for us. I would be very surprised if it ends up with ALB plus one other keeper for the season
|nytractorboy added 23:37 - Jul 13|
YES PLEASE, Good keeper, right age, good experience of the division
|Mark added 23:41 - Jul 13|
Preston Fans' Player of the Year 2008-9 (the year Richard Wright won the same at Ipswich) and 2009-10. Something tells me if we keep on signing players with these awards we will get somewhere!
Signing a permanent goalkeeper would be a big relief and I'd say Lonergan fits the bill, as does Heaton. I am sure Malcolm Webster will give good advice about which one to go for.
|Sindre94 added 23:58 - Jul 13|
Would like him, a mate of mines a leeds fan and he says hes very good!
Seen him myself and he fits the bell for me
|runningout added 00:20 - Jul 14|
The northwest may be his preference I reckon.... very good keeper in my view and would do well at Bolton should he go...
|rayman_10 added 00:21 - Jul 14|
Decent keeper. Would be happy for him to be our number 1. Don't know how reliable the link is though! Probably nothing in it.
|SteveH added 00:24 - Jul 14|
Another day, another rumour, another keeper. We must be up to PJ's 25th choice keeper by now. At least we can't be outbid by Leeds United on this one!
|dundeetractorboy added 00:33 - Jul 14|
Wouldn't be my first choice, but with the diminishing options available out there I'd take him. Would prefer Scott Loach or Alex Smithies still personally, but with the Heaton deal falling through Loach seems unlikely and Smithies transfer request at Hudds has gone very quiet... I'd be happy with anyone this season if they were assured they were our longterm number one tbh! its been so long since we had one!
|Len_Brennan added 00:41 - Jul 14|
I agree with Steve, we are going to be linked with every keeper looking for a new contract in & around the Championship whether we're interested or not. Any agent worth his salt will be looking to use our missing out on the Polish lad, who's name I can never spell properly, to the advantage of his client.
As for Lonergan; I think he'd be ok without really being the keeper I'd expect to see taking us into the promotion picture. I just have a feeling we'd be looking for a better number 1 this time next year.
|TheHazster added 01:40 - Jul 14|
My friend andy was his coach at Preston . Rates this man highly ! So I like this alot , hope we can produce a miracle and get him from a very interested Bolton side.
|bluey420 added 05:31 - Jul 14|
Key 2 this story is the media know we need a GK Leeds sign P.Kenny n therefore we are linked with Andy: I would say 90% of all linked stories on TWTD have been rumours n no concrete evidence I now ignore every article with the word linked in the title n go back 2 sleep
|Stu_Magoo added 06:05 - Jul 14|
You obviously dont dickhead, you have read and commented on this one.
|bigolconnor added 06:17 - Jul 14|
Woah!!! Stu have you been drinking?
|bigolconnor added 06:19 - Jul 14|
Rather not give the dirty Leeds more money to spend taking more of our linked purchases away from us.
|bigolconnor added 07:54 - Jul 14|
In a slightly unrelated topic. Does anyone know if there is truth in the rumour that we are trying to sign Luke freeman. He looks quality.
|dirtydingusmagee added 08:04 - Jul 14|
all these goalkeepers, if we only sign half those'' linked'' we'll not concede a goal,there will be no room for the ball .
|theblueginger added 08:12 - Jul 14|
would be more than happy to get a 28 year-old with experience of the division.
However, i would prefer Loach, Heaton or the Swedish Keeper.
|hairbear added 08:13 - Jul 14|
A better choice than loach.
|Michael11 added 08:20 - Jul 14|
Might be sounding a bit negative but every time i've seen him play he's been awful! ALB is probably as good!
|Northern_Branch added 08:36 - Jul 14|
After that howling error which gave us the lead at Leeds last season, No thanks!
|irishtim added 08:41 - Jul 14|
He will go to Bolton. Next please.
|Surco72 added 09:22 - Jul 14|
Owen Coyle confirmed interest agent trying to squeeze more money by linking to Ipswich ?
|yorksblue added 09:32 - Jul 14|
Seen him play a few times while I've been working at Leeds. I'm sure we could do better.
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