Fulham are eager to bolster their defence by signing Leeds United centre back Pontus Jansson, according to reports this morning.

The London club are looking to hit the ground running following their relegation from the Premier League and have highlighted a number of potential options to strengthen their defence. The Whites have already been linked with Levante’s Chema Rodriguez, but Jansson would bring significant experience of the Championship to Craven Cottage.

It remains to be seen whether Leeds would countenance doing a deal to sell their popular Swedish international, even if they are looking to raise transfer funds through sales this summer. Jansson, a 6ft 4in defender, has been something of a cult hero at Elland Road since his arrival from Torino, initially on loan, in August 2016. The 28 year-old has made 120 appearances for the Yorkshire club, scoring nine goals. He was named in the PFA’s 2018/2019 Championship team of the year and untimely ankle injury proved critical last season as he missed Leeds’ play-off semi-final debut by Derby County.

Jansson, who has won 20 caps for Sweden, won three Swedish titles with Malmo earlier in his career. He is currently on an extended break from pre-season training with Leeds due to international commitments and has just under three years to run on his current contract.