Alan Pardew has been busy this January window at new club Ado Den Haag, bringing in three new players including Leeds United defender Laurens De Bock – and the Dutch outfit have confirmed there is a permanent clause in the loan deal.
Former Newcastle, Crystal Palace, West Brom, Southampton, Charlton, Reading and West Ham manager Pardew has used his English contacts to the fullest extent by raiding Leeds, Leicester and Middlesbrough for new players.
His side are in the midst of a relegation battle in the Eredivisie, and it has seen him bring in Leicester’s George Thomas, Middlesbrough’s Sam Stubbs and now De Bock from Leeds after his Sunderland loan was cancelled earlier this month.
Pardew is preparing his side for a crucial relegation six-pointer, as Den Haag play host to rock-bottom RKC Waalwijk who are just a place behind Pardew’s men. De Bock could play a part, and the Dutch side have confirmed a permanent clause.
The Tweet is translated as: “Even more news. Laurens de Bock is rented from Leeds United with an option to buy .“I have heard and seen many good things from the club, such as the fanatic fans and the beautiful stadium.” #WelkomLaurens
🗞 Nog meer nieuws!
🇧🇪 Laurens de Bock wordt gehuurd van @LUFC, met optie tot koop.
💬 “Ik heb veel goede dingen gehoord en gezien van de club, zoals de fanatieke fans en het mooie stadion"#WelkomLaurens🤝
— ADO Den Haag 🔰 (@ADODenHaag) January 13, 2020
De Bock, a £1.5million (YEP) signing for Leeds back in January 2018 from Club Brugge, has proven to be one of the club’s worst signings in recent history. Just seven games later, and he was never seen again. He has since been on loan three times.
A spell in his home country with Oostende was followed by a move to Sunderland but he played just 10 times for the Wearside club. Now, he could move to Pardew’s side permanently, and Leeds fans have reacted on Twitter to the clause and move.
Many feel that despite the permanent clause, there is no way Den Haag will sign him permanently.
Can’t wait to see him back here in the summer then. Gets him off the payroll for a few months though
— Ian Bealsa (@IanBealsa) January 13, 2020
So he’ll be back in the summer then… 💩
— Darryl Tate (@dazzt8) January 13, 2020
There is no chance they buy him😂
— Liam Collins (@liamcollins97) January 13, 2020
Loan then. He'll be back. 😂
— Reginald Glovebox Ⓥ (@RGlovebox) January 13, 2020
So just a loan then yeah 😂
— Lewis (@LewHinch) January 13, 2020
Why don't we just sell him
— Rebecca (@becks_lufc) January 13, 2020