By Danny Wright

14th May, 2018 | 2:49pm

Talks scheduled: Leeds set for defender negotiations within days - report

Leeds United are scheduled to hold further contract talks with Tom Pearce within the coming days as the defender’s current deal is set to expire at the end of next month, according to a report.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claims that Leeds are ready to negotiate a new deal amid speculation linking the left-back with a move to the Premier League over the weekend as the Mirror have reported on their live transfer blog on Sunday [09:55am] that Everton are looking to re-sign him.

It is understood that the Whites are yet to meet the defender’s demands, but they are determined to get him to commit to a long-term package with an improved salary.

Football Insider verdict

Pearce has proved that he is an exceptional young talent and to lose him this summer would be a real shame given how he has performed in recent weeks. The 20-year-old’s form has done enough to cast doubt over whether Laurens De Bock could get back into the senior squad for next season and Everton’s reported interest in him is surely enough proof to show that the Whites have to sort out a fresh deal. There are a lot of players on long deals at Elland Road and the only one who is out of contract this summer is Pearce, who has made five appearances this term and even scored his first goal for the club in a Yorkshire derby win against Barnsley. Paul Heckingbottom has had a lot of stick but he should be praised for giving at least some of the youngsters a chance to shine in what has been a very tough season for the club. Hopefully Pearce is at Elland Road next term, but Everton could be too good to refuse.

In other Leeds United news, this £60,000-a-week midfield destroyer is exactly what the Whites need and Victor Orta would be crazy to miss the chance to snap him up in the summer.

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