Monk offers coy response when asked about Pontus Jansson's reportedly imminent Leeds move

Pontus Jansson

Leeds United manager Garry Monk wouldn't be drawn on reports linking Pontus Jansson with the club.

Leeds United manager Garry MonkLeeds United manager Garry Monk

Leeds United manager Garry Monk wouldn't confirm whether Torino defender Pontus Jansson is set to sign for the club this week, when asked by BBC Radio Leeds.

The Whites drew 1-1 with Fulham on Tuesday evening, as after Tom Cairney had put the away side in front at Elland Road, Chris Wood equalised with a last gasp overhead kick.

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Wood's goal handed Leeds their first point of the Championship season, and manager Monk will be hoping that the draw will serve as a platform for Leeds to build upon.

With two weeks to go until the transfer deadline, Monk may be in the market for more new signings, even after landing the likes of Robert Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Liam Bridcutt, Pablo Hernandez, Kemar Roofe, Hadi Sacko and Marcus Antonsson this summer.

Leeds United manager Gary MonkLeeds United manager Gary Monk

Fans want to see a new defender arrive before the window slams shut, and reports suggest that a deal for a Serie A centre back could be on the verge of completion.

Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Torino defender Pontus Jansson is close to signing for Leeds, initially on loan but with a view to a permanent deal.

The Swedish international, 25, stands at a giant 6ft 5in tall and would add a dominant presence to the Leeds defence, with the former Malmo star no doubt looking for first-team football having played just 24 times since signing for Torino in 2014.

Rangers' Steven Naismith and Malmo's Pontus Jansson (L) in actionSteven Naismith and Pontus Jansson in action

After the final whistle against Fulham, Leeds manager Monk was asked by BBC Radio Leeds about the situation surrounding a deal for Jansson - and whilst he gave little away, he did acknowledge that the club are pushing to land more new signings, even joking that reporters sometimes know about new signings before he does, as the Jansson rumour has become common knowledge.

"Of course we want to strengthen," said Monk. "We want to strengthen more, it's important. Again, we're looking for experience and people who can help the group, and we'll always be doing that. When they come, you'll be the first one to know - or sometimes you know before me!" he added.

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