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Leeds United confirm permanent player departure

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Leeds United have confirmed that defender Tom Pearce has left to join Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee, the club confirmed on their official website.

The 21-year-old has penned a three-year deal at the DW Stadium and becomes the 12th player to be sold by the Whites this summer, with just under 90 minutes remaining of the transfer window.

After joining the Leeds academy in 2014, Pearce worked his way through the ranks at the club going onto make ten appearances for the first-team and scoring one goal – the winner against Barnsley back in April 2018.

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However, after deciding he was not part of his plans past January, Marcelo Bielsa sent him out on loan to Scunthorpe United in League One where he racked up nine appearances and scored once.

Leeds are expected to make just one more signing today in the form of Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah on a season-long loan, according to David Ornstein.

The youngster will come in to replace the recently-departed Kemar Roofe who joined Pontus Jansson, Jack Clarke, Caleb Ekuban, Aapo Halme and Bailey Peacock-Farrell out of Elland Road.

The verdict

I think this is a good move for all involved.

Leeds still remain light on the left-side of defence but it would have been unfair to keep Pearce as third choice when first-team football was a possibility elsewhere.

It has bee a bit of a strange transfer window for Leeds, to be honest, and I am still not totally sure what to make of it.

Whatever happens, however, I still think reinforcements will be needed in January.

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