Matthew Pennington would give Leeds the assurance they need in defence

Leeds United are set to make a loan bid for Everton defender Matthew Pennington according to The Yorkshire Evening Post.

What’s the story?

The 23-year-old is a product of the Everton academy and has made seven Premier League appearances for the senior team, with his one goal coming in his first ever Merseyside derby.

The central defender spent last season on loan at Leeds and went on to make 24 appearances for the club but his campaign was hampered by an ankle injury he suffered on the first game of his spell.

According to the report, Marcelo Bielsa is looking for cover at centre-back and Pennington would be unlikely to replace the first choice pairing of Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper.

However, it appears Wigan Athletic are also interested in signing the talent on loan and would be able to offer more regular first-team football.

Solid option

Leeds know what they’re getting with Pennington and he would offer a solid and dependable backup when he’s needed.

It may be difficult to lure him without being able to offer a place in the starting lineup but if they can see off interest from Wigan and land the highly-rated talent, it will be a real boost to the depth of Bielsa’s squad.