By George Overhill

28th Jan, 2023 | 8:10pm

Leeds United target Senne Lammens approached by Everton for January move

Senne Lammens has emerged as a late-January target for Everton after being lined up for a summer move to Leeds United, according to Nieuwsblad.

The Whites like the Club Brugge goalkeeper whose contract in Belgium is set to expire at the end of the season, with the 20-year-old not sent to sign an extension.

Belgian journalist Tomas Taecke had reported on 8 January that the youngster seemed to be “on his way to Leeds” with the timing of the deal, this month or after the season, yet to be sorted.

Nieuwsblad’s latest report on Friday (27 January) pegs him as a definite target for the end of the season from a Whites perspective.

But now the Toffees have made an approach to Club Brugge looking to sign him before the end of the January window.

And while Brugge would like to keep Lammens, given he isn’t signing a new deal they would reportedly prefer to sell him now for a small fee.

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The young Belgian reportedly wants to be able to start somewhere so if it is a straight choice between Goodison Park and Elland Road it is a toss-up as to where that is most likely.

Both Premier League clubs have established first choice keepers, with Illan Meslier the undoubted number one for Jesse Marsch, and England’s Jordan Pickford in goal for the struggling Toffees.

But both have been attracting increasing interest from the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United, so one or both might end up moving sooner or later.

Given that Everton are bottom of the table and Pickford’s expected contract extension hasn’t materialised yet that might make them a more likely option for Lammens.

And with how much money Leeds United are spending this month on Max Wober and Georginio Rutter, while potentially signing themselves up to spend a lot more on Weston McKennie in the near future, they may not wish to pay for a young goalkeeper they could soon sign for free.

But if Everton are intent on bringing him in before the close of the window they will have the inside track and the Whites might now end up disappointed, so a late push will be necessary if they don’t want to lose out.

In other Leeds United news, Fabrizio Romano has responded to reports of a possible late hijack to the Whites priority pursuit.