Leeds United have today bolstered their defensive line with Matthew Pennington.
The young defender joins Leeds on a season long loan deal from Everton having made 7 appearances for his parent club.
Pennington had been heavily linked with a move away from Goodison Park this season and joins Leeds on a temporary basis with a keen possibility of a permanent move should he impress. Hull City, Wolves and Middlesbrough were all linked with the defender prior to his move to Leeds.
This will be the 22-year olds fourth loan spell having spent time at Tranmere Rovers, Coventry City and Walsall.
The talented youngster was pivotal in Everton's development squad as they won the Premier League 2 divisional title last season.
Pennington is a natural at either full back positions but is more regarded as a centre back and will join Pontus Jansson, Liam Cooper and youngster Paudie O'Connor at the heart of Leeds' defence.
This is Leeds ninth signing of the summer as Thomas Christiansen focuses on more defensive additions after improving his attack and midfield earlier in the summer. Leeds will now look to add at least one more defender with heavily links to Bristol City captain Aden Flint and former Bayern defender Holger Badstuber materialising over the past week.
Pennington makes history by being confirmed as Leeds' 100th loan signing since relegation in 2004.
The big difference? This is Leeds' only loan this summer. Change is happening at Elland Road lads; let's strap in and let the ride commence.
By Ryan Ingham
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