Report: Leeds agree loan deal with Greek side for outcast defender
Greek outlet SDNA have claimed that Leeds United and Aris Thessaloniki have agreed a deal that will see Laurens De Bock go on loan to the Greek Super League side for the 2019-20 campaign.
De Bock, 26, has been on the firing list at Elland Road since last summer, despite only joining the Whites for £1.5million (YEP) from Club Brugge in January 2018 at the same time as Adam Forshaw.
The uncapped Belgian defender managed just seven appearances for the Whites during the second half of 2017-18, which largely came under Paul Heckingbottom. He was immediately ostracised by Marcelo Bielsa.
De Bock went on loan to Belgian side KV Oostende last summer and managed 23 appearances throughout 2018-19 for the Jupiler League side. He still has three years remaining on his contract at Elland Road.
Instead of getting rid of De Bock on a permanent basis, Leeds have opted to send the defender on loan to Aris and the two parties are said to have agreed a move. The transfer, though, depends on one yet-to-be-sorted issue.
It is believed a move will depend on whether Aris manage to qualify for the next round of Europa League qualifying. They drew 0-0 with Cypriot side AEL Limassol in the first leg, the second leg takes place on Thursday.
TBR’s view – Leeds should be offloading De Bock permanently
The chances are that if a loan move to Aris does take place, Leeds will still be paying a portion of the defender’s wages. But he is one of a number of older players completely surplus to requirements.
The likes of Yosuke Ideguchi, Eunan O’Kane, Pawel Cibicki, Vurnon Anita and Ouasim Bouy are all on big contracts but are miles away from the senior side.
To give Leeds more leeway in the transfer market, these players have to be removed from the wage bill but it seems a loan has been secured for De Bock, instead of a permanent sale.
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