According to the Daily Mail, the Whites are ‘exploring’ a potential deal to sign Club Brugge goalkeeper Senne Lammens this month or in the summer.
The report does not claim that the club have made a final decision on whether they will pursue a swoop to bring the shot-stopper to Yorkshire in January or if they will wait until his contract expires at the end of the campaign.
It is stated that Brugge have been unable to convince the 20-year-old to put pen to paper on a fresh contract with the Belgian side and that leaves the youngster free to speak to foreign teams ahead of his exit in the summer.
Whites manager Jesse Marsch and director of football Victor Orta could land the eventual heir to Illan Meslier’s position between the sticks by striking a deal to sign Lammens, whether it happens now or in July.
The Frenchman was praised as being “immense” by reporter Will Jackson earlier this season and Phil Hay, of The Athletic, once suggested that the club would demand a fee in the region of £50m if any teams came in for his signature.
Leeds could now be proactive in their transfer dealings by bringing in Lammens as Meslier’s understudy and training him up to take over from the gem if he ever departs to one of the aforementioned teams in the coming years.
The Club Brugge youngster, who scored a stoppage-time header against Real Madrid at youth level in 2019, has only conceded five goals in four first-team outings for the Belgian side since making the step up to senior side.
Lammens has also conceded nine times in six UEFA Youth League outings in his short career to date and was once hailed as one of Brugge’s “superb talents” by scout Jacek Kulig, which suggests that he caught the eye in those matches.
The 20-year-old has been capped 20 times by Belgium across various youth levels and this indicates that his country have seen him as a future star for some time – just as Meslier with France.
Therefore, Orta could land an eventual heir to Meslier by signing the 6 foot 3 titan from Brugge as he has seemingly caught the eye as a young player and shown that he has the potential to improve, which means that he could be an excellent long-term signing for the Whites.