Newcastle After Reading Defender – Is He Good Enough?


News today that Newcastle are after 24 year-old Reading center-back Alex Pearce, but Liverpool seem to be well ahead of the Magpies in trying to sign the 24 year-old Irish International.

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Alex Pierce – is he good enough for Newcastle

It seems that Pearce has been linked with a move to Liverpool for almost a year now, and current manager Brendan Rodgers know all about the player, after Brendan’s unsuccessful spell as Reading Manager for six months in 2009.

Jamie Carragher has retired from Liverpool and it’s likely that Uruguayan defender Sebastian Coates will leave Liverpool this summer, and Martin Skrtel will also look to leave the club, so Rodgers will need to bring in reinforcements.

Newcastle will need to bring in another center-back if captain Fab Coloccini leaves this summer, but we’ll not know whether that’s the case for maybe a month or two.

Pearce was born in England and played for the Scotland U18 and U21 sides, and then decided to represent Ireland when he couldn’t get a full Scottish cap – but he’s been capped just once by Ireland – so we wonder just how good this player is?

But he’s available on a free transfer with his contract running out at the end of the month – so if he’s any good at all that may be attractive to the Magpies.

The 6′ 2″ center-back couldn’t get a regular place in the Reading side this season, but he’s decent from set plays and in 145 games for Reading he scored 12 goals.

We have trouble thinking that Alex Pearce would be good enough for Newcastle given his record, whether he’s a free agent or not.

We wrote yesterday that Newcastle may be interested in 6’4″ James Tomkins from West Ham and he would be available at £4M and he could even be the better buy.

What do you think?

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23 comments so far

  • Ben3arfa

    Jun 3, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Playing in a defence that got relegated .. Umm , no ?

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 3, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #2

    hmmmm

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  • lesh

    Jun 3, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #3

    but Liverpool seem to be well ahead of the Magpies in trying to sign the 24 year-old Irish International.

    Nowt new there then!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 3, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #4

    LESH

    Regarding your point in post #70

    Ashley does not want to pay extra wages mate, thats why he sells first then buys replacements

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 3, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #5

    I think this is going to be a very long summer

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  • WWYCD

    Jun 3, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #6

    We want English with PL experience…so we go after a Irishman who couldn’t break into a relegated PL team ticks all the boxes

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jun 3, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7
  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 3, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #8

    I wonder how long it will take us to sign our first player

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 3, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #9

    JFA,
    Ha, admittedly, it could be a long shot, but there was only the year in the championship where the squad actually was smaller by the end of a season when compared to the end of the previous one. Admittedly, last season was saved by Jan window, but that was an admission of error, and the thought of losing tv revenue.

    So I will remain hopeful that Ashley has learned from last summers error, just like I will hope Pardew can somehow learn how to play on the deck in an attractive manner. Life would be fairly(incredibly) depressing without hope as an NUFC fan, even if it through my life it has regularly been shown to be a fools hope.

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  • numba9

    Jun 3, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #10

    Aim a bit higher than this what a lack of ambition this club has inferiority complex and wants to be rubbish getting annoyed with it tbh. If collo leaves we would need class to replace him . Learnt from last years mistakes Ashley ? Me thinks not

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 3, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #11

    I think the fact that he chose to play for Ireland as he couldn’t get a Scotland call up (a squad that currently boasts such defensive elite as Gordon Greer, Russell Martin, Andy Webster, and Steven Hammell) says everything you need to know about his ability.

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 3, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #12

    Appologies to everyone for my bus news being so unhelpful. I just report what i hear 🙁

    I have a school run tomorrow, so i might be able to nail down the truth then 😀

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  • Jamiemac

    Jun 3, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #13

    Don’t sell Perch pleaseeeeeee

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  • thai-mag

    Jun 3, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #14

    ed, are you really a secret mackhem just putting stupid stories on here just to pi## everyone off

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 3, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #15

    Markaccus,
    That’s the spirit! Keep plugging away! 🙂

    Seriously though, I think there are very few people who actually have any idea what we are up to. I can’t think of any journalists that seem to have an inside track on our workings at the minute. Any gossip/rumours/info makes for a bit of debate, which is always good for the blog.

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 3, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #16

    Lilong

    There are, however, plenty who CLAIM to know whats going on. In fact i might log in to twatter today just for a laugh.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 3, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Markaccus,
    I hope you aren’t implying that the oracle of all NUFC, CWarr07, or Colin to his disciples, doesn’t really have inside info? 😉

    Indykaila is another one who puts out so many stories that occasionally one is correct and people says he knows what is going on. Even a broken clock gets the time right twice a day.

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 3, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #19

    Lilong

    Thats EXACTLY what i am saying! 😀

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  • Cpt. Dreamboat

    Jun 3, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #20

    The players we are linked with, I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if we were linked with an out of retirement return for Jamie Carragher.

    Hahaha we’d have to bring in a translator then wouldn’t we

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 3, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #21

    Monaco after Cabaye, wow, that is another groundbreaking story from the chronicle. Maybe tomorrow we can play an oldie but a classic, Liverpool and PSG after Ben Arfa. Not heard that one in a while.

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  • Owldman

    Jun 3, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #22

    Anyone watch the French cup final? Anbody think that the big lad who scored two goals would be a good signing Diabate I think his name is

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  • Timbuktoon

    Jun 3, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #23

    Re: Owldman

    Yes I did, pretty good game for considering French games are normally god awful to watch.

    I wouldnt recommend Diabate, just a big lump really, plus they were playing Evian, a pretty poor team, so two goals against them isn’t a sign of top quality.

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