Sunderland set to sign 26-year-old Leeds United defender

The long search for left-back cover could be over for Sunderland boss jack Ross with reports suggesting Leeds United defender Laurens De Bock is currently on Wearside ahead of a scheduled medical.

Phil Hay, the respected former Yorkshire Evening Post journalist and current Leeds United correspondent for The Athletic, has tweeted that if all goes well, the deal will be a season-long loan.

The twenty-six-year-old Belgian joined Leeds from Club Brugge in January 2018, but he’s failed to establish himself at Elland Road, making only seven league outings for the Whites towards the end of their 2017/18 Championship campaign.


He spent last season on loan at Belgium First Division A outfit Oostende making twenty appearances in all competitions.

Jack Ross has been chasing a left-back all summer following the departure of Bryan Oviedo to Copenhagen.

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De Bock probably come under the headline reasonably solid if unspectacular.

Leeds fans, on the whole, do not appear to rate him but do concede he might be able to do a job at League One level.

Sunderland fans will be hoping this is the case because left-back is becoming a problem position for  Jack Ross and one the opposition will be looking to exploit if De Bock does not provide adequate cover for Denver Hulme.


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