In comments reported by The Northern Echo, Laurens De Bock has suggested that he would be interested in leaving Leeds United to join Sunderland permanently, and admitted that preliminary discussions have already taken place.
De Bock moved to the Stadium of Light towards the end of the summer window in League One. He has arrived from Leeds on a season-long loan after a difficult spell at Elland Road.
The Belgian – who cost Leeds £1.5 million when he joined from Club Brugge in the 2018 January transfer window (fee reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post) – quickly lost his place with the Whites and spent much of last season out on loan.
And ahead of his debut with the Black Cats, the left-back confirmed that the door is being left open for a permanent switch further down the line.
“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,” he said, as reported by The Northern Echo.
“We will see how the next few months go. The contact between Sunderland and Leeds has been very good.”
If he impresses with Jack Ross’s men, a permanent move would surely be good for all parties. It is difficult to imagine the 26-year-old getting another chance at Leeds, no matter how well he does.
Barry Douglas, Gjanni Alioski and Leif Davis were all ahead of De Bock in the pecking order. Marcelo Bielsa also has the likes of Gaetano Berardi and Stuart Dallas to pick.
An impressive spell at the Stadium of Light may not force Bielsa to rethink his plans for De Bock. But it would surely allow Leeds to demand a lot more for a permanent deal for the defender.