Leeds’ hopes of signing centre-back Matthew Pennington on a long-term deal were scuppered on Friday as he signed a new three-year deal with Everton.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claimed that Leeds were keen on the defender after he did enough to impress while at Elland Road.

Pennington, who had spent the season on loan with Leeds – a period that only delivered in fits and bursts after injury problems – will now try to step up to the Premier League for next season.

The news of his three-year deal was announced on the Everton Twitter page on Friday and soon after Pennington sent a message thanking everyone at Leeds for the past 12 months.

Pennington impressed both clubs but the same can’t be said for the Leeds fans who’ve watched him over the previous campaign.

They don’t think he’ll make it after what they’ve seen of him this season, with some wishing him luck but most glad they dodged a bullet by not signing him.

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Here are the best reactions from bemused Leeds fans after the deal was announced:

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