Report: Leeds in talks to sell another captain, two more players being monitored

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Leeds United have been linked with selling Jason Pearce.

Leeds United are weighing up an approach for out of favour club captain Jason Pearce from Wigan Athletic, report The Mail.

The paper also claim Cardiff City are looking at Rodolph Austin, and Aston Villa and Liverpool are monitoring Lewis Cook.

Pearce began the season as one of the club's first choice central defenders. He has since lost his place to Liam Cooper, who has formed a decent partnership with Giuseppe Bellusci.

Leeds have since signed Sol Bamba on loan from Palermo, which strengthens their options despite a potential FA ban for Bellusci, and another loanee Dario del Fabro is waiting in the wings.

Selling Pearce would still be a dangerous option, with Bamba only on loan, and if the club are dragged into a relegation battle and injuries and suspensions strike, do they really want to be in a position where they have to play Del Fabro each week?

Leeds would surely be better off keeping Pearce around and assessing his situation at the end of the season, based on how he fares beteen now and May.

The club have already sold his stand-in as captain this transfer window, letting Stephen Warnock join Derby County. Wigan are in the relegation zone and eight points below Leeds in the Championship table.

Rodolph Austin would be a blow to lose considering his recent form, but he is out of contract in June, and if Leeds really want to keep him, they will need to renew his deal.

Granddi Ngoyi's potential arrival from Palermo would cover his absence in midfield, if the Frenchman is able to adapt.

The Lewis Cook situation is more clear cut. Leeds chief operating officer told BBC Radio Leeds this week that there was no intention to cash in on the club's young stars, while it is reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post that talks are progressing well over extending the teenager's contract, which expires in June 2016.

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