Beitar Jerusalem have missed out on the services of Leeds United misfit Laurens De Bock after he completed a loan move to join Belgian side Ostend, as confirmed by the BBC.
Signed in January, 25-year-old Laurens De Bock endured a torrid time with Leeds United after earning just seven appearances and a total of 630 minutes of action in the Championship since his arrival earlier this year.
Marcelo Bielsa made it clear the former Belgium U21 international is not part of his lean, competitive squad that will fight for promotion this season and De Bock was therefore told to find a new club before the transfer window closes at the end of August.
Voetbal 24 reported that Israeli side Beitar Jerusalem were eying a move but they have missed out on his signature, as the BBC confirmed that De Bock has joined Belgian top-flight side Ostend on a season-long loan deal with no option to buy.
The answer is definitely no, as De Bock did not do enough to warrant a place in Bielsa’s squad and failed to give any indication that he can be a capable asset for a top side. While Beitar Jerusalem are not quite at the same level, it’s still hardly a massive blow.
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With four years remaining on his contract, Leeds would have probably demanded an expensive deal for the departure of De Bock and the Israeli side would have found it difficult to fund a permanent switch, although a loan deal could have worked in the favour of all parties.
That worked for Mateusz Klich, who has shone in Bielsa’s side this season after spending time with FC Utrecht earlier this year. The Yorkshire side will be hoping the loan stint with Ostend can have a similar effect on De Bock’s career.