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16th Aug, 2016 | 6:14pm

Leeds close to signing three-time league winning defender - reliable journalist

By Harvey Byrne

Leeds are close to the signing of defender Pontus Jansson from Torino, according to a reliable journalist.

ITV Yorkshire presenter Chris Dawkes has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Yorkshire giants are on the brink of landing the 25-year-old centre-back.

The eight-time capped Sweden international played in nine encounters for his Serie A club last season.

He moved to Italy from Swedish side Malmo in the summer of 2014 in a free transfer move and he still has two years left on his current contract.

The defender built a name for himself in Sweden, where he starred in 89 fixtures and won three league titles as well as a domestic cup during his five-year stay.

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Garry Monk will be keen to strengthen his side after suffering back-to-back league defeats in his side’s opening two games.

The former Swansea manager has already bolstered his defence with the additions of Kyle Bartley and Luke Ayling this summer and has made nine senior signings in total.

Leeds completed their latest deal on Tuesday morning when they finalised the permanent transfer of Liam Bridcutt from Sunderland.

The Yorkshire giants face Fulham on Tuesday evening in their clash at Elland Road, but it is claimed that new defensive midfield signing Liam Bridcutt won’t be available for the tie.

In other Leeds transfer news, Belgian left-back Bryan Verboom is set to complete a move to the Whites.