Leeds United will be fighting hard to keep Pontus Jansson at the club this winter and are not willing to sell him despite transfer rumours, according to a report by Leeds Live.

The media outlet make the claims that Southampton have the defender on their sights as they look to replace Virgil van Djik.

The Netherlands international joined Liverpool at the beginning of the month for a fee of £75million and the Leeds centre-half has reportedly been attracting interest on the south coast.

However, the Whites are not prepared to sell the 26-year-old amid the speculation, especially since they agreed to a new long-term contract last summer amid the possibility of a move.

Thomas Christiansen is not keen on losing any of his Leeds mainstays in the first-team, as they look to try and push on for a promotion spot, and see Jansson as someone who has the ability to help them achieve that aim.

The Elland Road outfit have had a wobbly season at best so far, having started the campaign in dominating fashion, however, their first defeat would lead them to go on a seven-match winless streak.

Christiansen managed to get his Leeds players to rediscover some of that form recently, however, some of the performances have still been far from perfect for many of the Whites faithful.

It is also believed Leeds will be unwilling to sell the star defender, even if they were to receive an offer that exceeded their valuation, as they would have too little time to line-up a replacement during the current transfer window.

Despite the possibility of trying his luck in the top league of the country, Jansson is believed to be fully committed to the cause of promotion for Leeds and is ignoring any of the speculation that is surrounding his future.

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