By Alex Stevens

Leeds have until the summer to trigger an option in Pontus Jansson’s loan contract that will secure him to a permanent deal, according to a reliable journalist.

An element of mystery surrounds the future of the Sweden international after his move to Elland Road was hit by a two-week delay on Monday night.

Jansson racked up his 10th booking of the season when he was reprimanded by referee Craig Pawson for an elbowing offence during Leeds’ 2-1 FA Cup win over Cambridge.

It triggered an automatic two-match suspension and means he cannot reach the magic 22-appearance mark – the number of matches his agent Martin Dahlin revealed last week to Swedish publication Fotbollskanalen he must play to sign a permanent deal – until 28 January at the earliest.

Leeds fans are concerned that if Jansson is injured when Leeds play Nottingham Forest on 28 January, or is not selected, that the club could miss out on signing him in the January window, and could lose out on him altogether.

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Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay partly alleviated those fears as he explained in response to a supporter on Twitter that the clause allowing Leeds to sign Jansson permanently “doesn’t only apply in January” and can be triggered “at the end of the season”.

Hay also explained that Leeds will only lose their exclusivity to sign Jansson if they “don’t take up the option” to sign him permanently at the end of the 2016/17 campaign.

Dahlin explained last week that Jansson has already agreed a three-year contract with Leeds and that the terms of the £3.4million transfer are fixed.

The 25-year-old has been ruled out of Leeds’ Championship showdown against seventh-placed Derby on Friday as well as the trip to Barnsley eight days later.

Jansson has made a huge impact at Elland Road in the opening half of the season, establishing a formidable centre-back partnership with Kyle Bartley and being an integral member of a team that is fifth in the Championship and has genuine promotion hopes.

Jansson has made it publicly clear that he wants to join Leeds permanently but will now have to be patient and bide his time.

In other Leeds transfer news, the club are in advanced talks to sign a Bundesliga assists machine.

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