Leeds United left-back Tom Pearce is attracting interest from abroad, with one club ready to open talks, according to Greek outlet SDNA.

The 21-year-old looks set for a move to Greece, with Aris Thessaloniki identifying him as a top target this summer ahead of the start of their Europa League campaign.

Any deal is believed to be a loan deal, as Leeds still consider Pearce to have a future at Elland Road beyond the upcoming season.

Last year, the fullback managed just two Championship appearances for United before Marcelo Bielsa decided in January that a move away would be best for his development.

Pearce spent the back end of the campaign with Scunthorpe United, where he featured nine times before returning to Leeds ahead of the new season.

Chances will be few and far between for the young defender, with a loan move in search of regular football the best move for the player and the Whites.

Since making the step up to the Leeds first team in 2018, Pearce has made 10 appearances in total and scored his only goal against Burnley that year.

Bielsa doesn’t see a spot in the first team opening up for the defender anytime soon, however he is reluctant to let the academy graduate leave on a permanent basis.

That is due to the Leeds boss seeing a future for Pearce at Elland Road, with the fullback contracted to the club for another three years.

Pearce will be hoping his latest loan spell will provide him with regular football and an opportunity to prove his worth to his parent club.

Aris Thessaloniki finished fifth in the Greek Super League last season, meaning the Leeds defender will have the chance to prove himself in the Europa League.

Any experience of European football would be invaluable for the youngster, and Leeds will be hopeful it can aid his development.


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