Leeds United are poised to sign talented Everton centre-back Matthew Pennington on a season-long loan, the YEP understands.
The 22-year-old is expected to join Leeds this week after United reached a deal to take him from Goodison Park for the whole of the 2017-18 Championship campaign.
Leeds are in need of centre-backs and Pennington - a product of Everton’s academy - is available after the Goodison Park club pushed through a £25m deal to sign Michael Keane from Burnley earlier in the summer.
Pennington’s move to Elland Road is likely to be sealed in time for him to fly out to Austria and join Leeds on their pre-season tour.
The defender has made eight appearances for Everton, including a goal-scoring outing in a Merseyside derby against Liverpool at Anfield last season, and previously completed loans with Tranmere Rovers, Coventry City and Walsall.
United’s choice of centre-backs was reduced by the loss of Kyle Bartley after his season’s loan from Swansea City in May and the club have only Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper with them in Austria.
Jansson will miss the first two games of the season as he sees out a three-match ban carried over from last term.