Wanderers appear to have company in their pursuit of Leeds United keeper Andy Lonergan.

Owen Coyle is hoping to land the 28-year-old stopper in time to take him on the three-game tour of Scotland, which starts on Tuesday.But it has now emerged that four other Championship clubs have expressed an interest in the former Preston North End man, who looks surplus to requirements at Elland Road after the arrival of Paddy Kenny.

Leeds value their man at £200,000 and have already turned down one bid from Wanderers, although it is unclear at the moment whether theirs was the offer Neil Warnock was referring to when he told his club’s official website yesterday: “We have an offer from a Championship club for Andy Lonergan, but it wasn’t what we would call acceptable.”

Sources in Leeds say Warnock was expecting a second bid from Wanderers this weekend but, with fresh interest from elsewhere, the deal could be dragged on longer than expected as he holds out for top dollar.

Lonergan made 38 appearances for Leeds last season but faces a bleak future on the other side of the Pennines after Warnock made it clear that Kenny would be his number one this season.

The Leeds boss has historically been reluctant to carry a substitute keeper on his bench, although that stance could change with the Football League being brought into line with the Premier League and carrying seven replacements from now on.

Coyle has made it clear that he wants to recruit a player who can push Adam Bogdan to be first choice - but the fact that Lonergan is unlikely to move immediately ahead of the young Hungary international could count against the Whites as they look to stay ahead of their rivals for his signature.

Wanderers will pick from Bogdan, Rob Lainton and Jay Lynch on the goalkeeping front when they travel to Ayr United for the first pre-season friendly, which will be played at Somerset Park on Wednesday (7.45pm kick-off).