Feyenoord sign Leonard
By Simon Fudge & Jeffrey Glorie. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Feyenoord have boosted their back-line with the signing of left back Philippe Leonard.
The Belgium international joins the Rotterdam club on a free transfer after leaving Standard Liege at the end of last season.
The former Monaco and Nice player has signed a two-year deal with Erwin Koeman's side after passing a medical on Monday, despite earlier reports that he would not be joining the Eredivisie giants this summer.
"He will first have to get completely fit, but once he is, he'll bring a lot of experience with him," Feyenoord technical manager Peter Bosz told the club's official website.
Feyenoord's search for a new striker to replace the departed Dirk Kuyt has seen the club linked with Bayern Munich's Claudio Pizarro and Internazionale's Julio Cruz.
Reports in Holland suggest Cruz would fancy a return to his former club, while out-of-favour Pizarro is also thought to want a switch away from the Bundesliga champions.
One new face the Dutch giants are taking a closer look at is Celtic youngster Jacob Lensky.
The talented Canadian youngster, who attracted the interest of Manchester United before signing for the Old Firm club, impressed the Rotterdammers during a recent trial spell.
As the Vancouver, British Columbia native does not turn 18 until December, Lensky cannot sign a professional deal until his birthday later this year.
Bosz says Feyenoord are in no rush to complete a deal with The Bhoys for the Canadian Under-20 international.
"Let me say it this way - it's no priority," Bosz told Voetbal International. "Jacob made a good impression and now we will map out the possibilities, if it is realistic.
"In each case, we have to pay a transfer amount to Celtic."
Feyenoord are no strangers to having Canadian players on their books, with Jonathan de Guzman having come through the club's youth ranks to be part of Koeman's first team.