Leeds United reportedly wanted to release Tom Pearce this summer

Leeds United corner flag before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United defender Tom Pearce has been linked with moves away.

Kalvin Mark Phillips (L) and Tom Mark Pearce of Leeds United FC greet fans during the Leeds United FC and Myanmar National League All Star football match at Thuwana football staduim in...

Everton and Bournemouth are interested in signing Leeds United defender Tom Pearce in the summer transfer window, according to The Sun on Sunday (print edition, page 63, May 13, 2018) (click here to read more).

Pearce is out of contact at the West Yorkshire outfit this summer, and Premier League duo Everton and Bournemouth reportedly want to secure the services of the 20-year-old left-back on a free transfer this summer.

Lewis Grabban of Aston Villa is tackled by Tom Pearce of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on April 13, 2018 in...

Leeds, though, want the youngster to remain at Elland Road beyond the summer, according to The Yorkshire Evening Post.

It has been reported that the Whites have held talks with the 20-year-old left-back’s agent in the past 48 hours and have offered him an improved deal.

The report has also claimed that Leeds had previously intended to release the young left-back this summer, but the defender’s impressive performances for the first team this season have forced them into a U-turn.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to kick off in the Sky Bet Championship League match between Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers, at Elland Road Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Leeds,...

Good decision?

Pearce has done well in the handful of matches he has played for Leeds in the Championship this season, and it would make sense for the Whites to retain his services for the 2018-19 campaign.

The 20-year-old left-back is far from the finished article, but the former Everton prospect is hugely talented, and he will only get better if he plays regular first-team football.

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