Reports: Leeds lay foundations for January swoop for 23-year-old

By Alex Stevens

Leeds are in a three-horse race to sign Wycombe defender Aaron Pierre, according to reports.

The Sunday People claims, as cited by the Birmingham Mail, that the Yorkshire giants, Birmingham and Barnsley are eyeing January moves for Pierre.

It is said that the Granada international, 23, is on the radar due to his fine form and after being alerted to the fact his contract expires at the end of the campaign.

Pierre has impressed since arriving at Adams Park from Brentford in 2014, and was the subject of a failed bid from an unnamed club on deadline day, with League One trio Swindon Town, Peterborough United and Coventry City all linked at the time.

But higher division clubs are now circling the centre-back, who has been a mainstay of the Wycombe side that has made a poor start to their League Two campaign.

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Leeds could be keen to strengthen their central defence after ex-captain Sol Bamba abruptly quit the club the day after the transfer window shut.

The Ivorian’s departure has left Garry Monk’s side with just with three senior centre-halves, in Kyle Bartley, Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper.

In other Leeds transfer news, the club are on course to seal a £3.6million deal before January.