Sources: Leeds senior player finalises 6-figure move, announcement likely today
By Wayne Veysey
Leeds United left-back Laurens De Bock is finalising his on-off transfer to Aris Thessaloniki and an announcement is expected today, Football Insider understands.
United agreed the terms of a deal with the Greek club earlier this month that will see the Belgian, 26, join on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent transfer of £500,000.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the switch has stalled over personal terms but there has been a fresh breakthrough during talks and the transfer is now imminent.
This comes after the defender went public last weekend to reveal his move to Aris was still on the cards after it had been held up for two weeks.
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He spent last season on loan at Belgian top-flight club K.V. Oostende after struggling to make an impact at Leeds following his arrival from Club Brugge for a fee of around £1.5million in January of last year.
United are set to lose out financially on the exit of De Bock, with the permanent option dependent upon how many appearances he makes this season, but they do not see a future for him at the club.
Aris finished fifth in last season’s Greek top division and secured a place in the Europa League second qualifying round.
At Leeds, the first-choice left-back this season is Barry Douglas, with Ezgjan Alioski beginning the campaign as his deputy, while rising star Leif Davis and the versatile Stuart Dallas are regarded by Bielsa as the premier alternative options.
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