Leeds United: Whites on Limbombe alert

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Leeds United are on alert after a bitter fall-out between long-time target Anthony Limbombe and his Dutch club, NEC Nijmegen, increased the chances of the winger quitting Holland this summer.

Leeds United are on alert after a bitter fall-out between long-time target Anthony Limbombe and his Dutch club, NEC Nijmegen, increased the chances of the winger quitting Holland this summer.

Limbombe – a player who has been on United’s radar since the Elland Road club failed with a bid for him almost a year ago – is in dispute with NEC after walking out of training last week and an order to report in by 9am yesterday.

NEC are considering whether to take disciplinary action against Limbombe after the 22-year-old’s frustration over his situation boiled over on Friday.

Limbombe – a Belgian youth international – has been in Nijmegen for the past two years and has another 12 months on his contract but he is set on leaving the club before the end of this transfer window.

NEC are believed to have accepted a bid from French club Toulouse, a move which Limbombe is reluctant to take, but Club Brugge have also been tracking the youngster and United’s interest in him was made plain last year.

Leeds, now managed by Garry Monk, tried and failed to reach a deal with NEC in August 2015, during Uwe Rosler’s time in charge and eventually opted to sign Jordan Botaka from Excelsior instead. Owner Massimo Cellino remains interested in Limbombe but United’s valuation is still below the price set by NEC.

NEC’s technical director, Danny Hoekman, told Dutch media yesterday that the club were in contact with Limbombe’s advisors in an attempt to resolve the conflict.

Limbombe angered NEC by walking out of their training camp on Friday following a fresh round of discussions. In a subsequent statement on their website, NEC said Limbombe would face disciplinary proceedings if he failed to return by 9am yesterday. The winger missed that deadline.

Hoekman said: “We are searching for a solution. The club is in the conversation with the Limbombe camp. Personally I am not (involved). Players who are not at my disposal don’t interest me.”

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