Report: Transfer deal for Manchester United defender Marnick Vermijl collapses

The Belgian will not be joining Sporting Lokeren after all.

Manchester United defender Marnick Vermijl looked set to complete a permanent move away from the club yesterday, with reports of a move back to his Belgian homeland picking up steam yesterday morning.

It was reported earlier in the week by the Daily Mail that Belgian Pro League outfits KV Mechelen and Sporting Lokeren were discussing a deal for the player. It was reported by Voetbal Nieuws yesterday that Lokeren had won the race for the player.

They reported that Vermijl was set to undergo a medical at the club, as they look to replace Danish defender Alexander Scholz, who joined league rivals Standard Liege earlier this month.

But the deal has collapsed.

It is reported by Het Nieuwsblad that Lokeren pulled out of the deal, as they decided to pursue a deal for Icelandic international Sverrir Ingi Ingason of Norwegian side Viking FK.

The Lokeren boss Willy Reynders also confirmed the news, telling Nieuwsblad:

"We chose someone else."

Vermijl is now 23-years-old and the time for him to leave the club has certainly come. During his five years at Old Trafford he has played just two league cup games for United, although he did enjoy a good season on loan at NEC Nijmegen of the Eredivisie in 2013-14.

But he has not featured in a United team since the thrashing against MK Dons and this move looked like the perfect ticket out of Manchester.

It seems he might have to wait a little while longer yet.

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