Leeds United misfit Laurens De Bock could find himself back at Elland Road at the end of the season, after his loan club KV Oostende confirmed they would not be signing him permanently.
The Belgium international arrived in Yorkshire in a £1.5 million deal for the Whites last January, but soon found himself surplus to requirements, and he could be able to reach a crossroads in his career.
Leeds have kicked on in his absence, and there is every chance that when he returns to Elland Road they will be a Premier League club once again.
De Bock found the hectic nature of the English game hard to come by, and eventually found himself out of the Whites’ first team under Paul Heckingbottom, and wasn’t really given much of a chance to impress Marcelo Bielsa when he arrived in the summer.
The Argentine boss went out and brought Barry Douglas in from Wolverhampton Wanderers, and as a result Leeds allowed the Belgian to head to Oostende for the whole of the campaign.
The deal included the option for a permanent move to be made, but it now appears that the European outfit have declined to take that up, leaving De Bock in the middle of nowhere a little.
Oostende have already chosen to go in a different direction from the Whites’ defender, as their sporting director Hugo Broos confirmed in a recent interview.
“We are already doing this transfer for left-back Bojan Nastic with a view to next season. Then Laurens De Bock must definitively return to Leeds,” Gazet van Antwerpen quote him as saying.
It remains to be seen what will happen to De Bock at the end of the campaign, but his Leeds career looks to be over, so the two parties will either need to find another club for him, or the Belgian could be released on a free transfer, with the Yorkshire outfit paying up the remainder of his contract.