By Alex Stevens
Leeds are set to complete the permanent signing of Sweden international Pontus Jansson in the January transfer window, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim the Championship club are expected to land the defender, 25, for a seven-figure fee.
Jansson is only seven matches into a season-long loan from Torino but has made a huge impression during his short time at Elland Road.
The report comes after Swedish outlet Skanesport stated that Leeds are contractually obliged to buy Jansson permanently if he makes 20 appearances for the team during his season-long loan from Torino.
It is said that the fee is set at £40million Swedish Krona, equivalent to £3.6million, and that £180,000 of that sum is due to Jansson’s first club Malmo.
Janssen was outstanding for Leeds on Saturday as they sealed their fifth win in six matches, and their fourth in five league encounters with a 1-0 triumph over Barnsley.
The win lifted Monk’s team into the top half of the Championship table for the first time this season.
On-loan Jansson has emerged as a key member of Garry Monk’s team during their excellent recent run after leapfrogging Liam Cooper in the centre-back pecking order at Elland Road.
The defender joined Torino from Swedish side Malmo in the summer of 2014 on a free and still has two years left on his current contract with the Italian club.
Jansson made 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.
In other Leeds transfer news, this injury-prone star is set to make his return to football on Monday night.