Leeds could miss out on permanent Pennington deal as they did with Kyle Bartley

According to reports in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United are keen to sign Everton loanee Matthew Pennington on a permanent deal this summer, although the Toffees could throw a spanner in the works.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Pennington moved to Elland Road on a season-long loan deal last year after finding first-team opportunities hard to come by on Merseyside, and despite missing chunks of the campaign because of injury and disappointing form, he has obviously still made a positive impression to Paul Heckingbottom and his assistant Jamie Clapham.

The Yorkshire Evening Post says that the Whites have already looked into the possibility of a permanent deal, but the Toffees are keen to extend his current contract which is due to expire next summer when he returns to Goodison Park.

How has Pennington done this season?

The 23-year-old started Leeds’ first Championship match of the season away against Bolton Wanderers, but he picked up an injury that meant he didn’t make his second league appearance until the end of September.

The centre-back, who played as a makeshift right-back in the 2-1 win against Barnsley at Elland Road on Saturday, has made 22 outings in total for the Yorkshire outfit this term, and has started six of their previous eight fixtures – although fans on Twitter weren’t impressed with his display against Aston Villa earlier this month.

Are they right to try and sign him?

They certainly would be, for the right price.

As we mentioned previously, the defender has struggled at times this season but when he has had something of a regular run in the XI, he has impressed.

The 23-year-old certainly has the quality to make an impression for Leeds in the future, and the club will hope that Everton can be convinced to let him go this summer.

Will they get him?

It’s difficult to say.

Leeds found themselves in a similar situation last season when they wanted to sign loanee Kyle Bartley on a permanent basis following a successful loan spell, but he penned a new contract with Swansea and ended up staying there instead.

The Whites will certainly be fearing the same outcome, and could come down to whether Pennington feels he is going to get the chance to play regularly or not at Goodison Park next season.