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Two replacements Leeds United simply must consider signing after outgoing player news

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While there have been plenty of incomings at Leeds United this summer, there have been some high profile outgoings as well.

One of those came on Sunday, when it was announced that the club have parted company with goalkeeper Kiko Casilla by mutual consent.

Having spent last season on loan at Elche, the Spaniard has now left the club permanently, having made 62 appearances in all competitions in a Leeds shirt.

That leaves the young pairing of Illan Meslier and Kristoffer Klaesson as the club’s two first-team goalkeepers, and there may be an argument that they could benefit from some more experience in that area.

With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at two goalkeeping options Leeds should consider a potential move for this summer, right here.

Ben Foster

One name that has already been linked with Leeds this summer that could be well worth considering, is that of Ben Foster.

The 39-year-old is currently a free agent after leaving Watford at the end of last season, so he would not require a transfer fee, leaving funds free for other important deals that the club need to do.

With over 350 Premier League appearances, and a handful of England caps, to his name, Foster also knows exactly what is required of him at this level, and is more than capable of competing, meaning he would be both a reliable option, and a useful source of guidance for the likes of Meslier and Klaesson.

Alex Smithies

Another free agent who would provide Leeds with more experience in goal without eating into the budget, is Alex Smithies.

The 32-year-old is currently a free agent after leaving Cardiff upon the expiry of his contract earlier this summer, and he has over 450 career appearances to his name, having proven to be a consistent option for a number of clubs in the Football League.

Smithies would therefore surely now relish the chance to show what he can do in the Premier League, and having recently trained with newly promoted Bournemouth, he should have some sharpness behind him despite his recent spell without a club.

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