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Sunderland & West Brom Target Reading Defender

by Gary Emmerson

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Alex Pearce in demand with Premier League rivals.

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Reading defender Alex Pearce has caught the eye of Sunderland and West Brom after impressing in his club’s fight for Premier League survival.

Pearce has been an integral part of the success story at the Madejski Stadium over the past couple of season since coming through the youth system and following manager Brian McDermott to the first-team.

The 24-year-old has been a shining light at the heart of the Reading defence in what has been a difficult re-introduction to the Premier League for the club, and that has caught the attention of Sunderland and West Brom scouts, according to The Sun.

Sunderland are likely to be on the lookout for a new central defender in the summer with Titus Bramble and Matt Kilgallon both out of contract and Wes Brown’s future looking unclear following an entire season on the sidelines.

West Brom, meanwhile, are considering Pearce as a long-term option to replace Jonas Olsson at in defence at The Hawthorns with the Swedish international a potential departure from the Midlands in the summer with suitors lining up to sign him.

Pearce was capped at under-21 level by Scotland, but has since represented the Republic of Ireland at full international level, scoring on his only appearance to date against Oman in a friendly.

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