By Tom Blackburn
The agent of Bryan Verboom has revealed he is waiting on Leeds to seal the defender’s move from Zulte Waregem.
Ben Houider Mustafa, who represents the 24-year-old, claims all the details have been agreed and that the Championship club just need to finalise the deal.
But it appears that Leeds’ interest has stalled because they regard Verboom as an option this summer only if first-choice left-back Charlie Taylor was to leave before the window cut-off next Wednesday.
“Leeds no longer respond to the agent that mediated the transfer,” Mustafa told HITC Sport. “Leeds said that they would first have to sell the left back to buy Verboom.
“He is ready to sign for Leeds! The ball is in their camp, we were all done, Leeds’ time to react.”
Dutch outlet Voetbal Nieuws claimed last week that the delay was worrying for both Verboom and the Belgian club, who fear Leeds have got cold feet and are ready to explore alternative options.
Pieter-Jan Calcoen, who writes for Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, revealed on his personal Twitter account on two weeks ago that the Zulte Waregem full-back was closing in on a move to Garry Monk’s side.
— Pieter-Jan Calcoen (@PJCalcoen) August 15, 2016
With doubts surrounding the future of Taylor, who had a transfer request rejected at the start of the month, Leeds made a move to prise Verboom from Belgium.
He has been at his current club since January 2013, when he joined from Anderlecht for £170,000 after a six-month loan spell with Zulte.
Verboom played 36 times for his club last season as they finished sixth in the Belgian first division, and he is contracted to Zulte until 2019 after a contract extension last year.
It had appeared that Taylor would stay at Elland Road, but this week there has been renewed interest from Liverpool and West Brom.
The Daily Star claimed West Brom are preparing a £7million bid for the 22-year-old in the final week of the summer window.
In other Leeds transfer news, their former player agrees a Premier League move.