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17th Jul, 2017 | 7:01pm

Why Leeds must ramp up reported interest in PL defender to fend off rivals

COMMENT By Derek Smithson

Leeds are reportedly keen on signing Everton defender Matthew Pennington and they must move quickly to secure his signature.

The Daily Mail claim that the Whites are interested in signing the 22-year-old this summer, but Championship rivals Hull have already made an inquiry about a possible loan deal.

Thomas Christiansen should act now to try bring the centre-back to Elland Road as he could be a major success.

The Toffees would be wise to allow Pennington a year away from Goodison Park to help his development after making just three senior appearances last season.

The Englishman hasn’t looked out of place in the top flight, but he is unlikely to force his way into a regular starting role under Ronald Koeman next season.

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He is an extremely talented player and a switch to the Championship would be an ideal move to continue his development.

Leeds are on the verge of a defensive crisis as they have just two senior centre-back options in Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper.

The Yorkshire giants need a couple of recruitments and snapping up Pennington from the Premier League on loan is certainly the way to go.

Swansea defender Kyle Bartley enjoyed a brilliant loan spell last year at Elland Road and there is no reason why the Everton ace couldn’t follow suit.

He is extremely confident in possession and has solid defensive instincts, but now needs regular game time to reach his potential.

Leeds’ quality at the back played a major role in their seventh-placed finish last season and Pennington looks like he could do a similar job if given the opportunity.

In other Leeds transfer news, they are close to making an emphatic decisions on their 27-year-old.

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