Laurens De Bock has confirmed that his move to Greek side Aris Thessaloniki is still on despite news of the deal going cold recently.
The Belgian defender has spoken to Nikos Papadopoulos of fansite All About Aris over the weekend. He made it clear that a deal to join the Super League side is just days away.
“All is good. We found agreement with Aris and in the next few days I will be in Thessaloniki.”
This backs up a report from Leeds Live yesterday which states that the left-back’s move to the team nicknamed the God of War was ‘imminent’. Ethnos, a local source in Thessaloniki, is also reporting that a deal is now just ‘a matter of time’ away.
Some Leeds fans were probably starting to wonder what had happened to this deal. It was first reported by Belgian paper Het Laatste Nieuws at the start of the month that De Bock was on his way to the Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium in a season-long loan deal.
One week later, Greek source SDNA reported that De Bock was in the Greek city to discuss a transfer.
But the trail appeared to have gone cold and it was clear that Aris fans were starting to worry a deal might not go through.
Leeds fans would have felt the same. De Bock was signed in January 2018 as the potential solution to the club’s left-back problem. As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds spent around £1.5 million to sign the player from Club Brugge.
But he struggled to find form and fitness at Elland Road and was quickly cast aside under Marcelo Bielsa last summer. The 26-year-old spent last season on loan at KV Oostende in his homeland.
Leeds fans will be pleased to hear that De Bock could be off the wage-bill soon. Hopefully plenty of other deadwood can also be moved on in the next two weeks.