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Leeds make decision on defender as Monk steps up overhaul - report

By Will Butcher

Leeds are considering other defensive options after deciding not to make a move for Derby County’s out-of-favour centre-back Alex Pearce.

The Republic of Ireland international was touted to be the man to end manager Garry Monk’s pursuit of a centre-back according to a report from Leeds’ Vital Football page, but the link has been dismissed by a report on Sunday.

The Derby Telegraph claim that the 27-year-old, who spent last the second half of last season on-loan at Bristol City, is not on Monk’s radar.

Leeds are desperate to bring in cover at the back after allowing temperamental Italian defender Giuseppe Bellusci to leave on loan to Serie A side Empoli.

Monk has also been linked with free agent Jan Ekstrand, but shied away at the eleventh hour after learning of a knee problem.

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The Yorkshire based side have also been linked with a move for ex-Chelsea defender Valerio Di Cesare, who currently plays for Serie B side Bari.

Former Reading man Pearce is looking to leave Pride Park, with first-team chances seemingly unavailable for the six-time capped Ireland defender.

However, Derby could look to use Pearce as cover and manager Nigel Pearson is under no pressure to sell the defender with two years still remaining on his contract.

Pearce, who has had loan spells with Bournemouth and Southampton during his career, made just one appearance for The Rams last season in an FA Cup tie against Hartlepool.

In other Leeds news, this Championship manager has claimed the signing of Kemar Roofe is a risk.