By Wayne Veysey

30th Dec, 2016 | 11:53am

Pontus Jansson shares his New Year wish to reliable Leeds journalist

By Alex Stevens

Pontus Jansson has revealed that his New Year’s wish is to join Leeds on a permanent transfer.

The Swedish centre-back has become an immensely popular figure among supporters since joining from Torino in the summer on a season-long loan.

It has been widely reported that Leeds have an option as part of the loan to sign Jansson permanently for a fee of £3.6million when he has made 20 appearances for the club.

Jansson played his 19th match of the campaign on Thursday night as Leeds drew 1-1 at Aston Villa in an entertaining clash of the Championship big hitters.

The giant defender delivered another commanding display at the back and also broke the deadlock with a second-half header before crashing a thunderous volley against the woodwork minutes later.

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The Swede’s future has become a major topic of discussion as the January window nears, with supporters keen for him to be tie to a permanent contract.

Reliable Leeds journalist Adam Pope, a broadcaster for the BBC, quoted Jansson as saying in the aftermath of Thursday’s match that his “New Year’s wish is to become a Leeds player on a permanent deal”.

Pope added that the 25-year-old is also “fed up of being asked about” his future, with questions surrounding the topic a regular feature of post-match interviews.

Jansson was partnered by Liam Cooper at the back against Aston Villa in the absence of Kyle Bartley, who pulled out shortly beforehand with a minor knee injury.

The draw takes Leeds to fourth in the table as they continued their promotion surge.

In other Leeds transfer news, the club are set to sign an international ace at the start of next week.