By Wayne Veysey

17th Oct, 2016 | 7:45pm

Leeds to sign playmaker in January window - reliable journalist

By Alex Stevens

Leeds are poised to sign Pablo Hernandez on a permanent deal in the January window, according to a reliable journalist.

Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Championship club are keen to tie down the playmaker after he proved his value in the opening months of his loan deal.

Responding to a question from a Leeds fan on Twitter, Hay said Leeds’ plan is to convert the loan of Hernandez, 31, into a permanent transfer when the winter window opens.

The Spain international, who has won four caps for his country, joined Leeds on an initial five-month loan in August from Qatari club Al-Arabi.

Hay reports that Hernandez is not likely to return to the emirate and that a permanent move to Leeds “should happen”.

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Former Swansea player Hernandez has settled in well at Elland Road after taking a few weeks to acclimatise and build up his match fitness.

He has made 12 appearances for Garry Monk’s side in all competitions, including nine league starts, and has scored two goals and supplied one assist.

Hernandez was particularly influential during the team’s run of five wins from six matches, including four out of five league games, before the international break.

In other Leeds transfer news, an England international is months away from signing for the club.