Nurnburg have given up hope of keeping hold of Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers target Patrick Erras this summer with Fussball Transfers reporting that the giant midfielder has rejected the club’s latest contract offer.
After 13 years at one of the most historic institutions in German football, an academy graduate-turned-first-team star appears to be playing his final few games for his hometown club.
Erras is due to become a free agent at the end of the 2019/20 season.
And, with promotion to the Bundesliga nothing more than a pipe dream for a Nurnburg team who are in danger of relegation to the third tier, who can blame the 6ft 5ins enforcer for looking to take his career to the next level?
The chance to hone his talents under the legendary Marcelo Bielsa must appeal, with Fussball Transfers reporting that Erras could add some depth and steel to Leeds’ midfield.
Championship rivals QPR and Brentford have also been linked.
Erras, an underrated and under-the-radar footballer available on the cheap after a fine season on European soil, feels like pretty much the archetypal Brentford signing.
And with the late-blooming German rejecting the chance to sign fresh terms with Nurnburg, it looks for all the world that he will be bidding an emotional farewell to the club who taught him all he knows in a matter of weeks.
A defensive midfielder who can also play at centre-back, you would imagine that Erras’ giant frame could prove rather useful to a Leeds side who have looked vulnerable at set pieces ever since Pontus Jansson was sold in acrimonious circumstances last summer.