Leeds United sign Portsmouth defender Jason Pearce
Leeds United have signed defender Jason Pearce from financially stricken Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee.
Pearce, 24, who has agreed a four-year deal, made 44 appearances for Pompey in the 2011-12 season after signing from Bournemouth last summer.
Manager Neil Warnock told the club website: "He's just the type I look for when I go into a club at this level.
"He fits the bill for everything - hunger, ability and so on. There's a lot of plusses."
The Elland Road club look set for a transitional summer after announcing on Wednesday that they were releasing five players and making a further six available for transfer.
United endured a disappointing end to the campaign, finishing 14 points off the play-offs and winning just two of their final 10 games.
Meanwhile, defender Leigh Bromby has undergone an operation on his knee after suffering a ruptured patella in the 1-1 draw with Cardiff City.
No date has been set for his recovery but he is expected to be out until the end of the calendar year.