Leeds United defender Tom Pearce is attracting a lot of attention this summer as uncertainty about his contract situation increases.
Reliable football journalist Alan Nixon is now reporting that Everton, Bournemouth and a third unnamed Premier League club are set to compete for the 20-year-old, who is out of contract at Leeds.
The Whites are trying to tie up the impressive young left-back, who played five games and scored once towards the end of this season.
But Everton are hoping to bring him back to Goodison Park after letting him leave four years ago.
They see the Leeds starlet as a long-term replacement for Leighton Baines after Brendan Galloway and Luke Garbutt have failed to fill his role.
Bournemouth are also chasing Pearce with Charlie Daniels coming towards the back-end of his career now.
Leeds fans took to social media to vent their frustration at this situation and here are a selection of the best tweets.
Might come back to bite me but I honestly just don't see Pearce leaving.
He's finally got his first team chance and Leeds are clearly trying to tie him down.
He'll stay imo. #lufc
— Daryl (@Dazelar29) May 17, 2018
If this is a typical summer for us, you just know by the end of the week Bartley and Hernandez deals will be off, and Pearce will leave for the Prem ???? #LUFC
— We Are Leeds (@WeAreLeeds1919) May 17, 2018
Pearce should've been signed up a while ago but if he doesn't sign it's not a great move on his behalf. Another season with us would be better suited than U23 again at a Prem side. #lufc
— Dan Samme (@DanSamme) May 17, 2018
Pearce will be off. Bournemouth and Everton good clubs who play young players. Shame, but he should've been signed up before making his debut. Poor. #lufc
— Mike (@LeedsMJ84) May 17, 2018
So aswell as Everton apparently Bournemouth & a third prem club have enquired about Tom Pearce. Interesting to see what happens. If he's clever he'll stay here for a few years, cement down a place & see what happens. #lufc #mot
— Tony (@Tonylufc28) May 17, 2018
Ngl i blame Heckingbottom if Pearce does leave.. What he said after one of our games was just dumb as hell.. Never make a young player lose confidence by saying he messed up when it wasnt even his fault! Hopefully the kid signs up tho #LUFC
— ROSSii (@MrROSSii1990) May 17, 2018
The way I see it with Pearce is why leave now for U23 football? Surely you stay a few more years and cement yourself as first choice – and then get yourself a big move, if he leaves now him and his agent are been very short sighted! #LUFC
— Alex Wilcockson (@AlexWilcockson) May 17, 2018
Pearce should take a good look at Sam Byram, Charlie Taylor and Luke Garbutt………..
— LeedsUtdFan1919 (@LeedsUtdFan1919) May 17, 2018
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