Are Leeds going with youth, or do they have bigger transfer lined up?

Dortmund's defender Matthias Ginter and BerlinĀ“s Kristian Pedersen vie for the ball during the German Cup DFB Pokal second round football match BVB Borussia Dortmund v 1 FC Union Berlin in...

Leeds face being beaten to Kristian Pedersen by Birmingham City.

Dortmund's defender Matthias Ginter and Berlin´s Kristian Pedersen vie for the ball during the German Cup DFB Pokal second round football match BVB Borussia Dortmund v 1 FC Union Berlin in...

Leeds United appear set to miss out on Kristian Pedersen to Birmingham City.

Pedersen had seemed poised to become Leeds' first summer signing, as he prepares to leave Union Berlin.

Instead Danish publication Extra Bladet report Pedersen is close to a Birmingham switch.

The 23-year-old left-back could be a solid signing for Birmingham, but Leeds' need for a player in his position has been clear for the past year.

Laurens de Bock has failed to impress and the Whites need to strengthen, and Pedersen could have been ideal.

Laurens De Bock of Leeds United runs with the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

So what next for Leeds at left-back?

Missing out on Pedersen means one of two paths for Leeds to take this summer.

They could a) focus on youth and give Tom Pearce the chance to make the left-back spot his own by competing with De Bock, or b) bring in an even more superior left-back to Pedersen, keep Pearce as back-up and sell De Bock.

An example would have been Joe Bryan, who Leeds wanted last summer, but is now unattainable after a superb season for Bristol City.

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...

The options are of course contingent on Leeds announcing they have agreed a new contract for Pearce.

Stepping aside or simply not pulling all the stops out to sign Pedersen indicates Leeds are more relaxed about Pearce, or that an even bigger transfer target could soon be on his way to Elland Road.

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