By Alex Stevens
Leeds have been given the green light to sign Pontus Jansson for £3.5million after he played his 22nd match for the club on Wednesday night, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim the landmark “should now allow” Leeds to trigger the option in Jansson’s loan contract that enables them to sign him permanently from Italian club Torino.
Jansson was recalled to the Yorkshire giants’ starting line-up on Wednesday night after serving a two-match suspension and produced another fine display in his team’s 2-0 Championship win against Nottingham Forest at Elland Road.
It was not only Leeds’ sixth consecutive home victory of an increasingly impressive campaign but also the side’s sixth match in a row at the stadium without conceding a goal.
Jansson, who lined up in central defence alongside regular partner Kyle Bartley as Luke Ayling reverted back to his regular right-back position, has been an integral member of one of the best backlines assembled by Leeds in a generation.
“The completion of Pontus Jansson’s two-match suspension was an undeniable bonus, restoring Leeds’ regular centre-back partnership while taking him up to 22 appearances, the figure which should now allow the club to trigger a permanent transfer from Torino,” wrote the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“Jansson, who will come at a cost of £3.5million, has done nothing in five months on loan to put Leeds off that option and he gave Forest’s attack no quarter.”
Jansson’s permanent transfer was hit by a two-week delay after he picked up his 10th yellow card of the season in the FA Cup win over Cambridge earlier this month.
There is a possibility that Leeds could wait until the summer to trigger the permanent option but that would appear unlikely as other clubs could move to out-bid them.
Jansson’s agent Martin Dahlin revealed at the start of the month to Swedish publication Fotbollskanalen that there is an agreement in place for Jansson to join from Torino after he agreed the terms of a three-year contract.
The Sweden international made a huge impact at Elland Road in the opening half of the season, establishing a formidable centre-back partnership with Bartley and being an integral member of a team that is third in the Championship and has genuine promotion hopes.
Jansson has made it publicly clear that he wants to settle down at Leeds and follow teammate Pablo Hernandez in converting his loan into a permanent transfer.
The Spaniard is the Yorkshire club’s only signing so far in the January window after committing to a contract that runs until the summer and has the option of a further 12 months.
Football Insider verdict:
Leeds’ recruitment last summer was outstanding, and the most impressive deal of the lot was the one that brought Jansson to the club. Triggering the permanent option in his contract is a no-brainer. He is perfect for the team, the club and offers so much more than simply being a super-solid centre-back who makes life a misery for centre-forwards. Jansson has captured the hearts of the supporters with his dynamism, commitment and, yes, mega matchday swearing. He has emerged as both hero and cult hero, an emblem of the team and a focal point for fans who have been let down so often over the last 13 years.
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