Leeds defender Laurens De Bock looks as though he could be close to leaving the club after holding talks about a move to Zulte Waregem, as per a report from Belgian news outlet Het Laast Nieuws.
De Bock joined Leeds from Club Brugge back in the 2018 January transfer window, but has so far failed to make any real impact at Elland Road.
The full-back has made just seven appearances for the Whites since that move, and after spending last season on loan at Oostende in Belgium, two more loan spells have followed in the current campaign, first with Sunderland and then in the Netherlands with ADO Den Haag.
Now it seems as though a return to Belgium could be on the cards for De Bock, with the latest reports claiming that the player held talks with Zulte Waregem’s club chiefs on Wednesday about a potential move.
It is thought that those talks were positive, suggesting that an agreement could be close, although it remains to be seen whether any potential move would be another loan deal, or a permanent departure from Elland Road for the defender.
As things stand, there are two years remaining on De Bock’ current contract at Leeds, securing his future at Elland Road until the end of the 2021/22 season.
But with De Bock having already struggled to force his way into a Leeds side that looks to be progressing without him, it is hard to see him getting too many more opportunities before that deal expires.
As a result, it could be argued that a permanent deal that gives the 27-year-old a greater degree of certainty over his long term future, while also clearing some space in Leeds’ own squad – which will need strengthening this summer – going forward.