By Alex Stevens
Leeds are set to complete the signing of Pablo Hernandez on a permanent deal in the January transfer window.
Garry Monk revealed on Thursday afternoon that he expects the one-time Spain international to convert his loan with the Yorkshire giants into a permanent agreement.
Hernandez, who has won four caps for his country, joined Leeds on an initial five-month loan in August from Qatari club Al-Arabi.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay quoted Monk on his personal Twitter account on Thursday as saying that the 31-year-old should become a Leeds player next month.
Hernandez still out (hamstring) but Monk confirmed that he expects him to join Leeds permanently when he loan ends next month.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) December 1, 2016
This mean that Hernandez will not to return to the emirate, where he spent two years after his exit from Swansea in the summer of 2014.
The Spaniard has settled in well at Elland Road, where he has been deployed in a playmaker role as opposed to the right wing position where he made his name.
Hernandez, who has missed the last three Leeds matches with a hamstring injury that Monk anticipates will sideline him for up to another fortnight, has made 15 appearances for the team in all competitions, scoring two goals and supplying two assists.
Leeds host Aston Villa at Elland Road on Saturday aiming to extend their impressive run of league results that has lifted them to fifth in the Championship.
In other Leeds transfer news, an England international is months away from signing for the club.