By Richard Parks

Leeds United’s hopes of signing Matthew Pennington permanently are over after he signed a new Everton deal, according to a reliable journalist.

Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay reported on his personal Twitter account that Pennington will not be switching to Elland Road following Friday’s development, which came after he had been in talks with his parent club for “a few weeks”.

Everton announced on their official Twitter account and website that Pennington, who has spent the 2017-18 season on loan at Leeds, has penned a three-year contract running until the summer of 2021.

Football Insider verdict:

That’s it. Done. Dusted. Pennington will not become a permanent Leeds signing. Everton have tied the defender down to a long-term contract and who can blame him for signing on? The 23-year-old has been third choice centre-back at Elland Road this season. There is no shame in playing second fiddle to Pontus Jansson, but it will have baffled Pennington and his camp that he was also behind error-prone Liam Cooper in the pecking order. Once the autumn leaves had begun to drop, Cooper’s form nosedived quicker than any of his teammates as he struggled to recover from the 1-0 defeat at Millwall in September. Truth be told, Pennington did not pull up any trees at Leeds this season. For a player with Premier League experience, he was a bit of a disappointment, often cutting a nervous figure. Nevertheless, he has the potential to soon be a far better player than Cooper will ever be. If Leeds had played him more often, they might have had a better chance of sealing a deal.

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