By Alex Stevens
Leeds’ bid to sign Pontus Jansson on a permanent transfer is set to move a step forward on Wednesday when he makes his 22nd appearance for the club, according to a report.
Jansson is set to be recalled to the starting line-up for the Championship clash against Nottingham Forest at Elland Road after serving a two-match suspension.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that the magic 22-match mark will allow Leeds to trigger the option in Jansson’s loan contract that allows them to sign him permanently from Italian club Torino.
It is said that the terms of the transfer are fixed and will come into force after the Forest match, assuming that Jansson makes an appearance for Garry Monk’s side.
“Leeds will need to pay a fee of around £3.5million to make the move permanent, although the option agreed with Torino would allow them to delay a full-time deal until the end of the season,” report the Yorkshire Evening Post.
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.
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.
Jansson played his 21st match of the season for Leeds when he was named in the starting XI for the 2-1 triumph against Cambridge at the Cambs Glass Stadium in the second week of January.
But, in a tricky tie in which the Swede and his colleagues initially struggled badly, the 25-year-old was booked in the first half for catching Cambridge striker Luke Berry with a stray elbow.
It triggered an automatic two-match suspension, ruling Jansson out of the Championship win against Derby and the defeat at Barnsley eight days later, with Garry Monk forced to field makeshift defences in both encounters.
Jansson has made a huge impact at Elland Road in the opening half of the season, establishing a formidable centre-back partnership with Kyle Bartley and being an integral member of a team that is fourth 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.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club are in advanced talks to sign a Bundesliga assists machine.