According to reports in Belgium Leeds have agreed personal terms with Club Brugge left-back Laurens De Bock. The 25-year-old Belgian is currently in Spain on a mid-season training camp with the Belgian Champions but sources back in Belgium say a deal is being done for the player to come to Leeds.
As we found out in the summer news of transfers from abroad start abroad. What I mean by that is that local Leeds sources don’t get the initial heads up. The obvious outlet for us is Phil Hay and Lee Sobot of the Yorkshire Evening Post and Adam Pope (BBC Leeds) is another. They don’t get fed the information from the club and news breaks from the country itself before filtering through to us, it happened with every deal in the summer that came from abroad. It was only two days ago that Aapo Halme joined Leeds, reports in his native Finland broke the news and within 24 hours the deal was done. Something else regarding foreign signings are that we can’t really judge them until we see them, and if thinks deal does happen this is the same for De Bock.
What do we know about De Bock? He’s experienced in the Champions League, the Belgian left-back has won the Belgian league with Club Brugge and is known for being a no-nonsense left-back with a quality left-foot. He does fit the policy of Leeds’ transfer strategy and he certainly fits what we probably need, Gaetano Berardi challenging Luke Ayling for his natural position hasn’t happened because of the left-back void. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is barely getting a chance but will play on Sunday according to Thomas Christiansen. If personal terms are agreed then it means the clubs are negotiating a deal as we speak, but we can’t fully confirm any of this because until the club (or Phil Hay/Lee Sobot) do we won’t actually know.