Barnsley move for Wigan defender Pearce collapses

By Wayne Veysey

31st Aug, 2021 | 8:27pm

Sources: Barnsley move for Wigan defender Pearce collapses

The proposed Barnsley move for Wigan Athletic defender Tom Pearce has collapsed, Football Insider understands.

This site revealed yesterday that the Yorkshire outfit had made a six-figure bid for the Leeds academy product ahead of the close of the transfer window.

A Barnsley source has told Football Insider that Wigan have rejected the offer for Pearce.

The Tykes have now ended their interest and will not pursue a move for the 23-year-old left-back.

Pearce is out of contract at Wigan in a little under a year after signing a three-year deal upon his arrival from Leeds in 2019.

The former England Under-21 international made 10 senior appearances during his time at Elland Road.

The Latics paid a fee in the region of £300,000 for the player, who would become a first-team regular in 2020-21.

He set up Callum Lang to score the winner in their 1-0 win over Portsmouth last Saturday.

Pearce is no stranger to an assist and supplied eight in 28 appearances for Wigan across all competitions last term.

Barnsley have signed midfielder Josh Benson as well as centre-forwards Devante Cole, Obbi Oulare and Aaron Leya Iseka this summer.

But with the transfer cut-off point just hours away, new head coach Markus Schopp is yet to add to his defensive roster.

They are, however, reportedly closing in on an agreement to sign 21-year-old Man City defender Claudio Gomes on loan.

Wigan meanwhile have seen eight players leave the club, while an astonishing 13 have arrived at the DW Stadium.

In other news, Leeds United youngster in advanced talks to join EFL club.