According to Belgian publication Voetbal Krant, Leeds United’s capture of left-back Laurens De Bock from Club Brugge is under threat from not only Italy but from Leeds’ Championship rivals Wolves too.
According to news outlet Het Laast Nieuws (HLN) yesterday, Leeds United had agreed terms to sign the Belgian left-back from Club Brugge with HLN’s article on the transfer says in its headline “De Bock as agreed with Leeds.” The article then goes on to add a degree of detail to the out-of-the-blue deal.
The wording of the article suggests that the deal between the player and Leeds United is one that is set, HLN saying that left-back De Bock “has an agreement with the traditional Championship club,” before then going on to say that Leeds “is currently trying to reach an agreement with Club Brugge.”
HLN said that Leeds were still to come to an agreement with the Belgian top-tier club and mentioned that they were joined in their pursuit by interest from Italy. However, as Voetbal Krant have said it their article today, this Italian interest is joined by one closer to home – with Wolves being specifically mentioned.
They say that Wolves too have agreed to the personal demands of De Bock but that Leeds have the upper hand. They say that Wolves “have let themselves be surpassed during the week by an even better offer from Leeds United.”
They go on to say that neither club is quite on the money with the fee that Club Brugge are looking for. Voetbal Krant say that “a large part of the 3.5 million euros” that Brugge paid for De Bock “is not there yet.”
They finish their short article referring to HLN saying that, whilst there is a multi-pronged pursuit for Lauren De Bock, Leeds United remain the front-runners as they have “the best papers.”
At the moment, left-back De Bock is in Sotogrande (Spain) in involved in a mid-season training camp with Club Brugge as the interest elsewhere continues to bubble.