Leeds United have paid the first installment of Pontus Jansson’s proposed transfer fee to Torino, which should effectively end speculation that the Swedish defender will not move to Elland Road, the Yorkshire Evening Post state.

The no-nonsense centre-half has been a fans favourite at the club over the 2015-16 campaign, forming a formidable defensive pairing with fellow loanee Kyle Bartley.

Jansson had a clause in his contract with the Whites that he would become a Leeds player permanently if he played a certain number of games, which he completed comfortably.

The Elland Road faithful were delighted to hear confirmation of the Scandinavian’s £3.5 million move to the Championship side, but the transfer has been put in doubt over the last fortnight.

Fifa have been called in to investigate the deal after Torino reportedly complained that the first installment of the fee had not yet been completed by Leeds and was overdue.

However, the latest report suggests that Garry Monk’s men have moved to end the speculation by paying the Serie A side some of the money owed.

It also suggests that Jansson is happy to move to Leeds and has already signed his contract, with the first payment set to allay fears among the Elland Road faithful that the star’s move could be in doubt.

The Whites agonisingly missed out on the Championship top six in 2016-17 and have a big summer of rebuilding ahead, with hopes a promotion push can be put forward again next season.

Ensuring Jansson’s presence in the club’s rearguard would be an excellent start, with the Swede undoubtedly one of the best defenders to have stepped out for the club in the recent memory.


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