Reports detail key clause in Leeds contract for highest paid player
By Harvey Byrne
Leeds will be obliged to complete a permanent deal for loan signing Pontus Jansson if he makes 20 appearances for the club this season, according to a report.
The Swedish Express have claimed that the Yorkshire giants have agreed to the clause in the contract of the 25-year-old centre-back plays.
However, Yorkshire Evening Post writer Phil Hay has also revealed on his personal Twitter account that the clause is not quite so watertight.
Hay reports that if the defender does play in less than 20 matches then the Whites still have the right to buy, but it also leaves the club with the option not to take him permanently.
Fewer than 20 apps means Leeds still have the right to buy but also have the option not to take him permanently. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 18, 2016
One deciding factor on whether Garry Monk will want the option activated or not is the claim in the Swedish report that the Whites have agreed to make Jansson the highest paid player at the club.
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Leeds announced the signing of the defender on a loan to buy deal for the season on Thursday.
The defender became the Yorkshire club’s 10th summer signing after putting the finishing touches to the transfer.
Jansson is an eight-time Sweden international and played in nine encounters for the Serie A club last season.
He moved to Italy from Swedish side Malmo in the summer of 2014 in a free transfer move and he still has two years left on his current contract.
The defender built a name for himself in Sweden, where he starred in 89 fixtures and won three league titles as well as a domestic cup during his five-year stay.
Jansson will now compete with centre-backs Sol Bamba, Liam Cooper and Kyle Bartley for a starting position.
Leeds completed their ninth deal on Tuesday morning when they finalised the permanent transfer of Liam Bridcutt from Sunderland.
Monk has now made ten signings this summer with the additions of Jansson and Bridcutt, also bringing in Bartley, Rob Green, Matt Grimes, Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe, Marcus Antonsson, Luke Ayling, Pablo Hernandez.
Leeds are already four games into the new campaign in all competitions, as they head into a clash against Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday in the early kick off on Saturday.
Monk will be keen to get his first win in charge of the Whites after suffering back to back losses before drawing against Fulham in midweek.
In other Leeds transfer news, midfielder Alex Purver has joined National League side Guiseley AFC on loan until January.