By Wayne Veysey

8th Nov, 2016 | 4:19pm

Leeds face battle to sign on-loan ace as Premier League club eye January swoop - report

By Harry Sykes

Watford are keeping close tabs on Leeds centre-back Pontus Jansson, according to a report.

Swedish newspaper Expressen claim the Premier League club have been alerted by Jansson’s outstanding performances during his Elland Road loan spell.

It is said that Watford are ready to compete with Leeds to buy the giant defender and are eyeing a January swoop.

Jansson joined Leeds on a season-long loan from Italian side Torino and Swedish outlet Skanesport have stated that the Championship club are contractually obliged to buy him if he makes 20 appearances.

Jansson also revealed at the weekend that he is keen to make his move to Elland Road permanent.

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“Seriously, that’s the only thing that I want now,” the 25-year-old said. “I want to be here and to make a permanent deal with Leeds.

“I’m still waiting for that so it’s up to the president (Leeds owner Massimo Cellino) to do it now. I’m really happy and I’m here to take Leeds to the Premier League or the play-offs.

“If other clubs are coming to watch me then of course I am happy for that but my focus is on Leeds.”

Watford’s interest puts the pressure on Cellino and the Leeds management to tie Jansson down to a permanent deal.

The Sweden international is only 12 matches into a season-long loan from Torino but has made a huge impression during his short time at Elland Road.

Janssen was outstanding for Leeds before the international break and has been a key figure in the excellent run of results that has lifted them to sixth place in the Championship.

The defender joined Torino from Swedish side Malmo in the summer of 2014 on a free and still has two years left on his current contract with the Italian club.

Jansson made 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.

In other Leeds transfer news, a 25-year-old has signed for the club after agreeing terms.