Pascal Struijk’s transfer from Leeds United has stalled while the club hold talks on signing a new senior defender, Football Insider has learned.
The Premier League new boys are working on multiple deals as they look to add a third senior centre-back to provide cover and competition for skipper Liam Cooper and new signing Robin Koch.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Marcelo Bielsa has given the green light for Struijk to be loaned out but he wants to first agree a deal for a new central defender.
United are making progress on that front as they are in talks with Dinamo Zagreb to sign Josko Gvardiol and have also been linked with Man United’s Axel Tuanzebe.
Once Leeds are confident they have an agreement in place, Struijk is then set for a season-long loan.
One possibility is a short move to Huddersfield Town, where ex-Leeds coach Carlos Corberan is on the verge of completing the temporary signing of Robbie Gotts.
Football Insider broke the news yesterday evening that the Championship outfit – now managed by Corberan – have agreed the terms of a loan deal for midfielder Gotts.
Like the 20-year-old, Struijk, 21, is set to be a fringe figure at Elland Road as the club prepare for their historic Premier League return.
He has made just five first-team appearances for Leeds, including two starts at the end of last season.
The youngster is a 6ft 3in centre-back who has been capped by Holland at Under-17 level.
Corberan managed Struijk at Leeds, where he was in charge of their successful Under-23s side as well as having a first-team coaching role under Marcelo Bielsa.