Brentford in swiftly to capture Leeds United’s Pontus Jansson in £5.5m deal

Leeds United's Pontus Jansson.Leeds United's Pontus Jansson.
Leeds United's Pontus Jansson.
PONTUS JANSSON last night completed a £5.5m move from Leeds United to Brentford after the London club had been alerted to his availability “only very recently”.

The Swedish international has signed a three-year deal with the Bees, who also have an option to extend the defender’s stay by a further 12 months.

A breakdown in relations is understood to be behind the surprise move for Jansson, who made 120 appearances for the Elland Road club after joining from Torino.

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Jansson had been training with former club Malmo after being granted extended leave by Leeds. He will fly out today to join the rest of the Brentford squad at a pre-season training camp in Austria, while Leeds continue their own preparations for tomorrow’s friendly at York City.

It remains to be seen whether United bring in a replacement for Jansson, who made 39 appearances last term as Marcelo Bielsa’s side finished third in the Championship.

Ben White, a 21-year-old defender, moved to Elland Road last week on a season-long loan from Brighton & Hove Albion but he is yet to play a game in the top two divisions of English football.

On the capture of Jansson, Brentford’s joint director of football, Phil Giles, said: “Pontus is not a player we have been tracking for some time. In fact, it was only very recently that we were alerted to his availability and reacted quickly to the opportunity.

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“It says a lot about Pontus that he chose to sign for Brentford as much as we chose to sign him. There is a mutual feeling that we can be successful together, and we wish him well during his time with us.”

Thomas Frank, Brentford’s head coach, added: “We are very pleased with Pontus’s arrival. The defence is an area that we have been looking to strengthen and we feel that Pontus will bring a lot to the group. Pontus will add to the quality and competition for places that we need to adapt to different situations over the course of the season.

“Pontus is a top defender who brings immense professionalism, a great attitude, experience, defensive robustness, leadership qualities, and threat from set pieces to our side.”