Laurens De Bock could still get a move away from Leeds United this summer, despite seeing one to Greek outfit Aris Thessaloniki collapse, according to a report by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
It is claimed there is interest from clubs abroad, as well as domestically, for the Belgian left-back and that a move could happen in the very near future.
The 26-year-old is believed to be open to some of the possible moves available to him, although no such details about where the potential destinations could be have been made.
It will have been disappointing for everyone involved that a move to Greece did not go through as both, player and club, would have benefitted from a fresh start.
Whilst De Bock would have been given the opportunity to revive his career, which has stalled significantly over the last 18 months or so, Leeds would have been in a position whereby they may have finally been able to offload him permanently in a year’s time, as Kristof Terreur revealed there would have been an option to sign him for €500,000 (£458k).
The 26-year-old only played a bit-part role for both Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom in the 2017/18 campaign as he featured in just seven Championship matches (Transfermarkt). That was followed by an underwhelming time at KV Oostende as they decided against turning his temporary stay into a permanent one (Voetbal 24) as he made just 23 appearances for the Belgian outfit.
Considering Marcelo Bielsa is thought to have made it clear to him that he is not required at Elland Road and free to find a new club (Football Insider), there will be a hope that a move does finally come his way and it is one that does not come with any bumps in the road.
It will certainly be interesting to see where De Bock does end up, as a domestic offer would mean he would have to ply his trade in League One or below, although the European transfer window remains open for another week.
Leeds clearly do not have a need for him and with a number of options available to Bielsa in the left-back position – the likes of Barry Douglas, Ezgjan Alioski, Stuart Dallas and Leif Davis – all likely ahead of him in the pecking order, the 26-year-old must hope at least one club can complete a deal for his signature this summer.
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