Leeds are ready to ask Everton if they can turn Matthew Pennington’s loan at Elland Road into a permanent summer deal.
The young Toffees defender has been in and out of Thomas Christiansen’s side this season, but his introduction on Saturday as a substitute once Liam Cooper had been sent off changed the game in their favour as the Whites almost pulled off a miraculous comeback against Millwall.
As it went, their strength in fighting back from 2-0 down with 10 men to lead 3-2 was ultimately for nothing as two late Millwall goals snatched a 4-3 victory for the Lions – but Pennington’s performance was one major positive for the Whites, who, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post – are now looking to make the player’s stay a permanent one.
“You saw Pennington in the second half,” Christiansen said.
“He did well and you couldn’t see that he hadn’t played for a long time or that he had come back from injury.”
Cooper’s forthcoming suspension means Pennington is likely due for a lengthy run in the side as Pontus Jansson’s defensive partner and the player will look to further underline his credentials.
Everton are said to value the defender at around £2.5million, but it is not yet known if he figures in the plans of recently-appointed Toffees boss Sam Allardyce.