Leeds’ Jansson ignoring speculation, but it is unlikely to go away

Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has told Sydsvenskan that he is not paying attention to transfer speculation.

What’s the word?

The 26-year-old has been an important part of the Whites’ Premier League promotion push this season.

He joined Garry Monk’s side from Torino on loan in the summer and has gone on to make 28 appearances in the Championship and has even scored three goals and provided an assist.

Jansson has helped the club reach fourth in the table, eight points adrift of the automatic promotion places.

Speculation has been rife that Southampton are keeping tabs on the Swede after ClubCall reported that the Premier League club had sent a scout to watch him.

However, the man himself has insisted that he is only concentrating on matters on the pitch.

He told Sydsvenskan:

“They do that for sure, but it would be foolish to think of it now that I’m at Leeds, a huge football club that has not been in the Premier League for a long time. It would be foolish to focus on something else. I had a good season and we take it as it comes, but right now my full focus is on Leeds.”

Could Jansson be tempted away?

Leeds will be in a strong position to keep the defender on a permanent basis if they achieve promotion to the top flight come the end of the season.

There is a clause in the deal that gives the Whites an opportunity to seal his signature once the loan expires.

However, if Leeds fail to climb back up to the Premier League, it would be tempting for anyone if a club in the elite division came calling.

The fact that Jansson has claimed that he is not thinking about transfer speculation right now, suggests that he may be open to options in the summer.