Over the past couple of weeks, AFC Bournemouth have been linked with a young English defender, who currently happens to be away with Lewis Cook on international duty at the Toulon Tournament.
Both played for England Under 21’s in their opening game victory over China.
But according to reports, the 20-year-old left back could be slightly distracted over the next couple of weeks, with his imminent future in the balance.
Tom Pearce, a product of the Everton youth system, joined Leeds United in 2014 and signed his first professional contract in 2016.
After rising through the youth ranks Pearce broke through into the Championship’s sides squad during the final months of the 2017/18 campaign.
He played 5 times between March and May, all as a starter and scored in their 2-1 win over Barnsley.
His performances were enough to not only receive a call from England Under 21’s manager Aidy Boothroyd, but with his contract set to expire next month, he has also been offered a new contract at Leeds United.
That offer is yet to be accepted, however, terms are reportedly acceptable according to leeds-live.co.uk.
The same source also rejects claims that AFC Bournemouth have already tabled a £2million offer to sign him this summer.
However, the article does go on to add…
“…whether the contract is signed or not, there is likely to be interest in Pearce from the cash-rich clubs of the Premier League.
“Bournemouth and Everton have consistently been linked to Pearce by The Sun for the past month, but United have maintained there have been no official approaches.
Pearce is not the first left back to be linked with a move to the south coast this summer.
Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney has also been linked with a move to AFC Bournemouth, suggesting that the left back role could well be a position that Cherries boss Eddie Howe is looking to strengthen.
I don’t know who to fantasy-sign, because I have no idea what the main formation will be next season. 3 at the back? 4-3-3? 4-4-2 ?
I guess a Left Back is probably priority unless Smith goes over to that side (he looked better cutting inside). Either way, Kieran Gibbs is my pick. Can play both sides, can get forward, is reasonably solid defensively, wouldn’t break the bank. The Arsenal pedigree might fit in well with our style too.
I’m never going to stop promoting Ollie Watkins either, he’ll be in the Premier League soon enough with somebody. – Join the conversation, click here.