Leeds United are keen on Standard Liege midfielder Nicolas Raskin but face competition from Belgium for his signature.

That’s according to Het Laatste Nieuws, relayed by Voetbal Primeur, who say efforts by Standard to keep the player have fallen by the wayside.

They explain that Standard are preparing to lose one of their ‘important pawns’ this summer, with Raskin linked to a departure for a while.

He could have left the club in the January transfer window but opted to stay until the end of the season instead.

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777 Partners, the new owners at Standard, had hoped to convince him to extend his contract, but that was ‘in vain’ as Raskin is ‘looking for a transfer’.

Fortunately for him, he is likely to find it easy to get the move he wants too, with it stated there is ‘more than enough’ interest in him.

Leeds United are one of the clubs to have ‘shown interest’ in him, while Genoa are also keen and there are clubs elsewhere in Belgium eyeing a move.

Those clubs are not named explicitly, but Club Brugge are named as the likely option as they have been looking for a new midfielder for some time.

How much Leeds would have to pay for the 21-year-old isn’t mentioned, although the midfielder is out of contract next season, so there is a deal there to be negotiated if they decide to take their interest any further.

It seems they’re yet to do so, but Raskin is keen on a move, and Standard have now accepted that fact.