By Alex Stevens

Leeds are set to sign Pablo Hernandez on a permanent deal in the January window, according to a report.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claim the Championship club are in line to tie down the playmaker after he proved his value in the opening months of his loan deal.

It is said that Leeds are keen to convert the loan of Hernandez, 31, into a permanent transfer when the winter window opens.

The Spain international, who has won four caps for his country, joined Leeds on an initial five-month loan in August from Qatari club Al-Arabi.

The Yorkshire Evening Post report that Al-Arabi do not expect Hernandez to return to the emirate and that Leeds planned at the outset to convert his deal to a full-time agreement until the end of this season, with the option of retaining him for the 2017-18 term.

Hernandez has settled in well at Elland Road after taking a few weeks to acclimatise and improve his match fitness.

He has made 11 appearances for Garry Monk’s side in all competitions, including eight league starts, and has scored two goals and supplied one assist.

Hernandez has been increasingly influential in recent weeks during the team’s run of five wins from six matches, including four out of five league games.

In other Leeds transfer news, this injury-prone star is set to make his return to football on Monday night.