Leeds United defender Tom Pearce is at the centre of a three-way Premier League transfer battle between Everton, Bournemouth and another club with contact made over a swoop, according to a journalist.

The Sun reporter Alan Nixon has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the third side to join the hunt has already been in touch with the Whites asking for a price for which the 20-year-old could be bought, as they look to pounce on the Elland Road outfit’s failings.

Leeds are yet to agree terms over a new deal with the left back with talks still going on, with his contract set to expire this summer, having played five games for the senior side since breaking through from the youth system.

Football Insider verdict

If Leeds were confident of sealing a deal for Pearce this summer then it looks as though those hopes have been well and truly blown out the window. With Premier League sides hunting his capture, Pearce is in the perfect position to make huge demands of the Whites in contract negotiations, or simply make that move into the top flight. This is a situation which should not have been allowed to arise and Leeds will be kicking themselves for giving up their chances of securing the long term future of one of their brightest young talents. Still, Leeds have to believe they are in the driving seat and do all they can to get pen to paper over a new deal, which will likely mean promising Pearce as much playing time as possible as well as a significant wage increase. Otherwise, Everton, Bournemouth or this mysterious club could well have their hands on a bargain.

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