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Why Leeds could be making a costly error by selling reportedly available star

Wigan Athletic are said to be interested in signing Leeds United defender Jason Pearce.

Leeds United centre-back Jason Pearce is being linked with a move away from the club by the Yorkshire Evening Post, but the Whites must do everything they can to keep hold of him. 

The reports claim that Wigan Athletic are interested in signing Pearce, who could be set to leave Elland Road in the coming weeks. 

Leeds have reportedly said that they are willing to listen to offers for the 27-year-old, but allowing him to leave would be a massive error. 

Pearce has fallen slightly out of favour of late, with Liam Cooper's form alongside Giuseppe Bellusci blocking his route into the team. 

The arrival of Sol Bamba from Palermo last week also gives Pearce further competition to win his space in the starting line-up back, meaning Leeds are well stocked in the middle of their defence. 

To allow Pearce to go could prove costly, though. Neil Redfearn has already expressed a desire to sign more players with Championship experience, but in selling Pearce they are losing rather than gaining know-how. 

Pearce, on his day, is arguably the best central defender in the Whites squad and expecting Bamba to be an immediate upgrade is hopeful, at best. 

Bamba has played just once this season previously and won't be match-sharp, whilst their other options are all unproven or erratic. 

Bellusci is error-prone, despite having large amounts of talent, Cooper is still in his first season at Championship level and Dario Del Fabro is largely unproven. 

To go into the second half of the season with those four as the main options to choose in such a crucial position would be a huge risk. 

Leeds are in a relegation fight and there is more reason to trust Pearce to help get them out of this rut than any of Redfearn's other choices. 

By touting Pearce's availability about, Leeds are taking an unnecessary gamble with a player who they should be banking on to show his worth as they fight against the drop. 

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