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19th Jul, 2017 | 2:02pm

Done deal: Defender signs after Leeds agree terms

By Derek Smithson

Leeds have completed the signing of defender Matthew Pennington from Everton, it was announced on Wednesday.

The Whites confirmed on their official Twitter account that the 22-year-old has made the move to Elland Road on a season-long loan.

He has become the tenth signing made in the summer transfer window and will be hoping to make a good impression in Thomas Christiansen’s side.

Pennington has joined Samuel Saiz, Vurnon Anita, Caleb Ekuban, Madger Gomes, Pontus Jansson, Matuesz Klich, Had Sacko and Felix Wiedwal in new faces at the Yorkshire club.

The centre-back has been sent out to gain vital first-team experience in the Championship and Leeds have been searching for a new defensive options.

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He will now compete alongside new teammates Jansson, Liam Cooper and Luke Ayling for a starting position.

Pennington is a highly rated talent at Goodison Park and is renowned for his defensive reliability, but has made just nine senior appearances for Everton.

Football Insider verdict:

Leeds were in desperate need of a new centre-back signing and Pennington could be the perfect fit. The 22-year-old has the quality to have an instant impact in the Championship and it should help him improve his own game. He has looked a solid player when given limited opportunities in the Premier League and Leeds will now be able to give him regular football. Christiansen should consider pairing the new signing alongside Jansson and they should prove formidable in the new season. Leeds fans will have been worried about the departure of loan star Kyle Bartley, but they have pulled off yet another smart addition from the top flight.

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