Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa

By Pete O’Rourke

Leeds United defender Tom Pearce has signed a three-year contract with Wigan Athletic after finalising the paperwork of the transfer, Football Insider understands.

The left-back, 21, has agreed personal terms with Leeds’ Championship rivals after the two clubs agreed a fee of £300,000 for the move.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the deal is now done barring the announcement, which is set to be made imminently ahead of the 5pm transfer cut-off.

Football Insider broke the news yesterday that Pearce was headed to Wigan after they hijacked a potential move to Barnsley.

The Yorkshire club had expected to unveil Pearce following talks over the last week but the deal collapsed after Wigan ambushed them at the eleventh hour.

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Leeds have given the green light for the wide defender to leave after he slipped behind a handful of other players at the club in the race for the left-back spot.

Barry Douglas has started the new campaign as first choice, ahead of Ezgjan Alioski, who held that position for the majority of the second half of last season.

Rising star Leif Davis and the versatile Stuart Dallas also offer options to Marcelo Bielsa for the key position.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that the club are close to signing a £35,000-a-week Premier League player after overnight breakthrough.