Sources: Two Leeds aces with combined 50+ senior apps tell club they want to quit
By Wayne Veysey
The exodus of Leeds United youthful talent is set to continue as Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Tom Pearce have told the club they want to quit before the transfer cut-off, Football Insider understands.
Goalkeeper Peacock-Farrell, 22, is the subject of strong interest from Burnley, while left-back Pearce, 21, is wanted by Championship rivals Barnsley.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that both rising stars, who have progressed through the youth ranks at Elland Road, have now told the club they want to leave to their suitors.
Should United agree fees with Burnley and Barnsley for the pair, it appears likely they will sever their ties with the club by Thursday of next week.
They would join the increasingly long line of youthful departures from Elland Road this summer, most notably Jack Clarke, Mallik Wilks, Aapo Halme, Tyler Denton, Paudie O’Connor, Sam Dalby and Liam Kitching.
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Clarke has subsequently re-joined on a season-long loan from Tottenham, but the stripping of so many young talents has led to growing frustration among supporters on social media and other forums.
Between, them Peacock-Farrell and Pearce have accumulated over 50 first-team appearances for the club, the majority of which came under Marcelo Bielsa last season.
The Northern Ireland international keeper has played 41 times for Leeds, and was the number one for nearly two-thirds of last campaign before Kiko Casilla signed from Real Madrid.
Pearce made the last of his 10 Leeds appearances in October of last year, following an extended run as a substitute, before spending the second half of last season on loan at Scunthorpe United.
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