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.
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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