Reliable journalist: Leeds left sweating as Everton look to agree terms for powerhouse

Everton are looking to agree terms over a new contract with defender Matthew Pennington despite Leeds United keen on snapping him up after his loan spell at Elland Road, according to a reliable journalist.

The Yorkshire Evening Post’s Phil Hay, who has established himself as one of the most revered reporters covering the Whites, claims on his personal Twitter account that while Paul Heckingbottom would like to keep the 23-year-old after his season in the Championship, the Toffees want to tie him down with his contract expiring this summer.

The central powerhouse has made 24 appearances for Leeds during his loan spell, while he also has nine appearances for Everton’s senior side, having come through the youth ranks at Goodison Park, and the Whites will be sweating over whether they have the chance to snap up the defender on a free this summer.

Football Insider verdict

There are Leeds fans out there who are uncertain over whether Pennington is good enough for them so for Everton to be keen on keeping him seems a strange decision. He has not looked entirely comfortable in the Championship but then again, not many of the Whites’ players have in what has been a disappointing campaign. What Pennington has to decide on is whether signing up for another year at Goodison Park is going to do his career any good, for his is obviously unlikely to be handed much, if any, playing time in the first team. Another loan spell beckons if he does put pen to paper, and if that is the case then surely he would be better off turning down the Toffees and getting a permanent contract at Leeds or elsewhere. He already knows the staff at Elland Road and at least he knows that Paul Heckingbottom is willing to show his faith in the youngster by signing him up.

In other Everton transfer news, the club are seeking out a mega-money swoop for a powerhouse hunted by London rivals.

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