By Derek Smithson

Leeds are one of the teams interested in signing Everton defender Matthew Pennington, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claim that the Whites are in the hunt to sign the 22-year-old from the Premier League side.

It is understood that league rivals Hull have inquired about a loan deal for the centre-back and that they are among the clubs to have made a move.

Pennington is a product of the Everton academy and is on the fringes of the senior squad, making just three senior appearances for Ronald Koeman’s side.

The defender did manage to score in a Merseyside defeat to rivals Liverpool and is a highly rated talent at Goodison Park.

However, he faces tough competition for a starting spot and is set to be behind the likes of Michael Keane, Ashley Williams, Ramiro Funes Mori and Mason Holgate ahead of next season.

Pennington has experienced loan spells to the likes of Coventry, Tranmere and Walsall in League One, but has never played in the Championship before.

Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen currently faces a shortage of centre-back options ahead of next season as Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper are the sole senior representatives.

Football Insider verdict:

Leeds are in desperate need of some new defensive reinforcements to their squad and Pennington could turn out to be a superb addition if they can secure a loan move. The Yorkshire giants just need to bring in a couple of centre-backs to give their squad a nice balance as they are yet to fill the void left by Kyle Bartley. A move for Pennington to Elland Road should be beneficiary for both Leeds and Everton. The Whites would be gaining a talented youngster that didn’t look out of place in the Premier League and should be desperate to prove himself in the Championship. Meanwhile, the Toffees can get a better look at Englishman Pennington by sending him out on loan next season.

In other Leeds transfer news, they are close to making an emphatic decisions on their 27-year-old.

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