Belgian outlet HLN have claimed that Laurens De Bock met with top-tier Belgian side Zulte Waregem on Wednesday ahead of completing a move from Leeds United this summer.
De Bock, 27, has endured a difficult time at Leeds since he joined the club in January 2018 from Club Brugge for a fee in the region of £1.5million (HLN). He has managed just seven appearances for the Whites.
The left-back – who has played in the Champions League and has even been called up by Belgium following 177 outings for Brugge – has since been on loan three times since his move to Elland Road.
Sunderland, KV Oostende and most recently, ADO Den Haag have all had De Bock on loan. The player has a contract until 2022 at Leeds, but a new move is now seemingly on the verge of going through.
The report claims De Bock met with Zulte Waregem on Wednesday to discuss a potential move. It remains to be seen if Zulte will complete a permanent move, or a loan deal. De Bock will play alongside Saido Berahino at Zulte.
TBR’s view – Is there any chance of a De Bock return?
No. English football simply does not suit De Bock. Not only that, but Leeds have numerous options on the left side of defence since Marcelo Bielsa altered Stuart Dallas into an attacking left-back.
Gjanni Alioski, Barry Douglas and Leif Davis can all play in that position, while youngster Theo Hudson is showing plenty of promise for the Under-23’s. De Bock has not future at Elland Road whatsoever.