Leeds are closing in on a deal for Belgian left-back Laurens De Bock from Club Brugge. The defender has already agreed personal terms with the club and is expected to join despite the interest from Wolves and Italian side Torino. A medical is set to happen in the next 24 hours.
25-year-old De Bock is an experienced defender who has represented Belgium up until the under 21’s. He was part of the Club Brugge side that won the Belgian league last season and he has been involved in the Champions League and European football with the club. Wolves and Torino were also chasing the player but it seems like Leeds have won the race for the player. He has been described as a solid defender who is technically very good with his left-foot although isn’t someone who would play as a wing-back as such. Phil Hay today confirmed this deal is very close to happening. The player is expected to leave the clubs mid-season training camp on Spain to travel to Leeds and complete his move.
The need for a left-back has been obvious recently with Gaetano Berardi the only viable option there. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson hasn’t worked at the club and will probably be returned to Manchester United on completion of this deal and Vurnon Anita, a right-footed central midfielder is the only back up to Berardi. Swiss full-back Berardi has done a very good job there this season but in reality he should be challenging Luke Ayling for then right-back spot, a position which many think he would probably be first choice in if he wasn’t needed at left-back. There is no harm in having options that’s for sure.