Leeds fans react to speculation that £14m bid is lined up
By Harry Sykes
Southampton are reportedly ready to make a £14million bid for Pontus Jansson – and Leeds fans are uneasy at the growing interest in the defender.
The Sun on Sunday claim in their print edition (page 57) that the established Premier League club have placed the Sweden international top of their summer shopping list.
It is said that Southampton are eyeing Jansson as a replacement for Virgil van Dijk and are ready to offer four times the £3.5million Leeds will pay to sign him permanently at the end of the season after spending the campaign on loan.
Leeds fans are nervous at the prospect of a mammoth bid for Jansson, who has made such a big impact since joining initially on loan from Torino last August.
Some supporters admitted the interest from Southampton makes sense while one joked that the south coast club would only be a stepping stone to a big club like Liverpool, who have plundered the best talent from them in recent years.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Jay S (@lufc4625) April 16, 2017
Saints looking to sign Jansson? I suppose if he has any interest in playing for Liverpool in 2 years time it would make sense. #handsoff
— andy barker (@andybarker80) April 16, 2017
@Arranhtfc Yeah Leeds will give jansson a bit TBH can’t see Southampton going all out
— jake stevens (@lufc_16) April 16, 2017
All this talk of Southampton offering 13 mill 4 jansson can’t see Torino would let this happen usually they need to stay at at least 1 year
— stephen (@banditsteve123) April 17, 2017
Really worried about Leeds now. If we don’t get promoted, I’m expecting Wood, Bartley and Jansson to be in the Prem next season. #lufc
— Jonathan Gittins (@JGittins93) April 17, 2017
Jansson, 26, has been a colossus at the back for Garry Monk’s promotion hopefuls and was last week named in the Football League team of the season.
He has made 32 league appearances for Leeds and established a formidable partnership with fellow loanee Kyle Bartley in the back four.
The duo have been key to the Yorkshire club’s impressive campaign and have laid the foundations for a concerted promotion challenge.
Leeds fell out of the top six for the first time in months on Monday when they fell to a shock 1-0 home defeat to Wolves, but remain in the mix for one of the play-off places.
Fulham climbed to sixth following their 3-1 win over Aston Villa but are ahead of Monk’s side only on goal difference.