Everton and AFC Bournemouth are monitoring Leeds United’s Tom Pearce, according to The Sun on Sunday (28/10, page 59).
The 20-year-old could quit the Elland Road side in January amid interest in him from the Premier League.
His first-team chances at Leeds have been limited this season after the signing and impressive form of Barry Douglas at left-back.
Pearce was linked with Everton and Bournemouth in the summer but signed a new four-year deal with Leeds. However, rumours of a departure are now reigniting.
The promising youngster started his career at Everton and is now being linked with a return to the Merseyside outfit. He moved to Leeds in 2014 and rose through the youth ranks at Elland Road. He was a key player for their youth sides before breaking into the first-team picture.
Pearce was involved in the squad last season on the bench on numerous occasions before finally being handed his first-team debut in a Championship fixture against Sheffield Wednesday in March by Paul Heckingbottom.
He then played a handful of more games in the last campaign and won Leeds’ Young Player of the Season award, which has earned him two caps for the England Under-21’s.
He has played once in the league this season for Leeds so far and twice in the EFL Cup. Pearce hasn’t been playing regularly so there is an element of surprise that Everton and Bournemouth are still keeping tabs on him. He needs to be playing every week at this stage of his career to further his development.