Report: Reading wanted to replace Alex Pearce with imminent Leeds United signing Sol Bamba

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The Berkshire club are lining up a move for the former Leeds loanee when his first option clause expires on June 30th.

This week saw Derby County snap up Republic of Ireland international Alex Pearce from Reading. The 26-year-old brought to an end his 14-year association with Reading after his contract expired this summer.

Of course Derby were not the only team keen on the player. Last month it was reported by The Sun that Leeds United were interested in signing the player. In the end he was never keen on a Yorkshire switch and the move to the iPro Stadium proved to alluring for the defender.

While Leeds have missed out on Pearce after his departure it looks like they are on the verge of signing their number one centre-back target. Reports suggest that Leeds United are set to sign Sol Bamba on a two-year deal.

The Ivorian spent half of last season on loan at Elland Road, impressing during his stint at the club. However he criticised Massimo Cellino at the end of the season and the deal looked in doubt. It seems that the interest of another club seems to have pushed Leeds to complete the deal. That team, was Reading, looking for a Pearce replacement.

Tutto Mercato Web reported that Reading were in touch with his parent club Palermo about his services as a potential replacement for Pearce.

The report claimed that Leeds have the right to buy the player until the end of this month but that if no deal is done by June 30th Reading will reportedly swoop in and make a move for the player, who has previous experience in the Championship with Leicester City.

It now looks as though Reading will not get their man, but with no official confirmation just yet, Leeds must tie up this deal as soon as possible.

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