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Pontus Jansson shares an agent with Joel Ekstrand

Pontus Jansson

Leeds United are on the verge of signing one and nearly signed the other.

Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (L) and Pontus Jansson celebrate after the matchSweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (L) and Pontus Jansson celebrate after the match

Leeds United are said to be extremely close to finalising a deal to bring in Swedish central defender Pontus Jansson on a season long loan from Serie A side Torino.

The move is believed to be on the verge of completion, with TuttoMercatoWeb reporting this morning that Torino will sign Leandro Castan of AS Roma as the Swede’s replacement.

Pontus JanssonPontus Jansson

Of course, this is not the first time that Leeds have been linked with a move for a Swedish centre-back this summer.

The Yorkshire club very nearly signed Joel Ekstrand in pre-season.

The 27-year-old left Watford this summer when his contract with the club came to an end. He left the club after missing the entire 2015-16 season with a serious knee injury and has not played since suffering the injury in March 2015.

Watford's Joel Ekstrand (R) in actionJoel Ekstrand (R) in action

He nearly made the move to Leeds earlier this summer but claims, as reported in Helsingborg Dagblad, that Leeds tried to use his knee problems against him in negotiations and the deal therefore fell apart.

Interestingly, the pair share an agent.

Jansson and Ekstrand are both represented by former Blackburn Rovers striker Martin Dahlin.

Birmingham's Clayton Donaldson (L) in action with Watford's Joel EkstrandBirmingham's Clayton Donaldson (L) in action with former Watford defender Joel Ekstrand

It appears there is no ill-will felt between the two parties as Dahlin looks to have another client available to cover Leeds centre-back problem.

Hopefully Jansson can be as big a hit in the Championship as Ekstrand was with Watford.

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