Leeds United may delay their attempts to sign Everton loanee Matthew Pennington permanently until next summer, according to a report.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that the Whites are keen to convert their season-long loan for Pennington into a fixed deal, but are unlikely to push for such an arrangement in January.

Football Insider exclusively revealed on Thursday that Leeds are keen to sign the young enforcer in a permanent arrangement.

Former Everton boss Ronald Koeman agreed the loan deal for Pennington last summer, and Leeds are now said to be looking to enter talks with new manager Sam Allardyce, under whom Pennington’s prospects are not clear.

Pennington has impressed manager Thomas Christiansen despite having his appearances this season limited by an ankle injury suffered on debut against Bolton.

He has played nine times so far for the Whites as they look to continue their charge for promotion, and has made recent appearances against QPR and Norwich as he solidifies his return from injury.

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Football Insider verdict: 

Pennington has been a solid addition to the Leeds squad this season, despite a nasty ankle injury cutting short his debut in their opening Championship fixture. That injury kept him out for an extended period, but he has begun to make his way back into contention recently. With players such as Ashley Williams, Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka ahead of him in the pecking order at Everton, a permanent deal at Leeds would seem to be a wise move for the youngster. He has reportedly blown away Thomas Christiansen with his performances in training, and it is no wonder the Whites are looking for a permanent deal for this potential future star. 

In other Leeds news, the Whites have secured a deal for this rising star.

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