By Tom Blackburn

Leeds are in line to finalise the loan-to-buy signing of Torino defender Pontus Jansson on Wednesday, according to a report.

Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his website that the Yorkshire giants are closing in on the 25-year-old centre-back.

It is said that the deal could be secured on Wednesday on an initial loan with an option to make it a permanent transfer.

Leeds manager Garry Monk has revealed he is keen to strengthen his side after taking just one point from his team’s opening three Championship matches.

The former Swansea manager has already bolstered his defence with the additions of Kyle Bartley and Luke Ayling this summer and has made nine senior signings in total this summer.

Jansson could now become the 10th after Monk admitted on Tuesday night that there will be new recruits before the 31 August cut-off.

“You know I won’t discuss names but we are looking to strengthen and bring in more players,” Monk told BBC Radio Leeds post-match programme.

Jansson is an eight-time Sweden international and played in nine encounters for his Serie A club last season.

He moved to Italy from Swedish side Malmo in the summer of 2014 in a free transfer move and he still has two years left on his current contract.

The defender built a name for himself in Sweden, where he starred in 89 fixtures and won three league titles as well as a domestic cup during his five-year stay.

Leeds completed their latest deal on Tuesday morning when they finalised the permanent transfer of Liam Bridcutt from Sunderland.

In other Leeds transfer news, their target is handed a trial after being released by a Premier League club.