By Harvey Byrne

FIFA are investigating Leeds’ transfer of star centre-back Pontus Jansson, according to a reliable journalist.

The powerful Sweden international made the switch to Yorkshire in the summer in a loan deal from Italian outfit Torino and it was believed the club would have to spend a compulsory £3.5million if he played in 22 matches.

He reached 22 games for the club in all competitions in January and in February it was confirmed by the club’s official website that he had signed permanently for Leeds, which is set to activate when his loan deal expires this summer.

However, Ed Aarons, deputy news editor for the Guardian has reported via his personal Twitter account on Friday morning that FIFA are now investigating the transfer.

Aarons then further added that Leeds were looking to delay the payment for Jansson until the start of July, but Serie A side Torino want the money now with Premier League side Southampton among many to have shown an interest.

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Jansson starred in 36 matches for Leeds in all competitions in his first season at the club and it will be a huge blow for the side if his permanent transfer is cancelled by the club looking to delay payments.

Supporters will also be hugely disappointed as the club have already lost Jansson’s centre-back partner Kyle Bartley to parent club Swansea and the fans are wanting the club to push on after a seventh placing this season.

In other Leeds transfer news, Newcastle are firmly in the running for this Whites star.

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