Date: 21st January 2018 at 8:10pm
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Leeds United are eyeing up a permanent deal for on loan Everton defender Matthew Pennington in the summer, according to a reliable journalist.

The Yorkshire Evening Post’s Phil Hay, who is a reputable source on everything surrounding the Whites, has revealed in a conversation on his personal Twitter account that the club are keen on tying the 23-year-old permanently after his season-long loan at Elland Road.

However, he insists that they are likely to try and negotiate with Everton at the end of the season rather than during the current transfer window, with the defensive enforcer having appeared fleetingly this season.

Pennington, who has made nine appearances for the top flight side since breaking through their youth ranks, has turned out a total of 12 times for the Whites during his loan spell, with injury having limited his availability.

Football Insider verdict

Leeds fans may still be wondering whether Pennington has what it takes to succeed at Elland Road, and it would appear the club do too. He has been hit and miss this season and they are likely to want to see more consistency from the 23-year-old before committing to a permanent deal, but he seems to be well on the way to securing his place at the club. Everton do not seem like they would stand in the way of Leeds if they were to make an approach, as he seems to lack the required quality to make the grade at Goodison Park. Still, the summer is a long way away, and a lot can change for all parties.

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