Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson is being eyed up by West Ham as a potential summer transfer target, according to a reliable journalist.

The Guardian’s deputy sports news editor Ed Aarons has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Hammers are keen on snapping up the 27-year-old Swedish international, two years after arriving Elland Road on an initial loan move from Torino.

The 14-cap giant centre back, who stands at 6’3″, has been a regular for the Whites this season during what has been a disappointing campaign for the Yorkshire club, with 39 appearances and three goals under his belt, while he has also picked up 12 yellow cards.

He has a total of 75 outings to his name for Leeds, having signed for a reported fee of £3.5million back in 2016.

Football Insider verdict

Leeds fans will be loathed to lose the Swedish star this summer but after the disappointing campaign they have endured it would come as no surprise if he was one of the first out the door with clubs circling. His form might have been up and down but he is still one of the more reliable stars at Elland Road and his physicality and style of play would suit a Premier League side. West Ham seem in need of a new centre back or two so seeing them linked with Jansson makes sense, and having seen the amount of money splashed out by the Irons in recent years, the Whites could well be in for a healthy profit from his exit.

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In other Leeds United news, the club have been confirmed to have tabled a bid which spells trouble for a senior trio.

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