Leeds United’s Laurens De Bock has already spoken with Sunderland about the possibility of joining them on a permanent deal next summer, according to a report by the Northern Echo.
The Belgian left-back joined the Black Cats at the beginning of the month on a season-long loan and has since admitted that if things are going well, joining them on a full-time basis is definitely something he could consider.
“We (club and player) have spoken about the possibility of a permanent deal here and if everything goes well, and I feel good, we can always talk about the possibilities. We will see how the next few months go. The contact between Sunderland and Leeds has been very good,” he said.
The move to Wearside is promising for De Bock and the Belgian will have to use it as a means of getting a fresh start and as a way of, potentially, finding a new club for good.
Valued at £900k by Transfermarkt, he clearly appears to be surplus to requirements under Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road and it would be rather difficult to see his place in the pecking order at Leeds improve drastically in the future.
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).
It would be in the best interests for club and player if the possibility of a permanent deal becomes an available option next summer.
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), clearly suggesting that the Belgian has no future with the Yorkshire outfit.
There might still be some way to go before that happens, as he is yet to feature for Sunderland this season, although it is still very early days into his spell at the Stadium of Light.
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