Liverpool Linked With Surprise Bid for Reading Centre-Back Alex Pearce

Anfield side target Irish international.

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According to Italian source CalcioMercato Liverpool have taken a keen interest in Reading centre-back Alex Pearce.

Brendan Rodgers may well be looking to strengthen his defence but it would be a tad surprising if the Anfield boss would deem a Royals defender as the man for the job, that said the 23 year old was instrumental in Reading’s promotion to the top tier and has seen his efforts rewarded with a first Republic of Ireland national team cap so could be a useful back-up option.

Liverpool veteran Jamie Carragher is nearing the end of his glittering career and Dane Daniel Agger has more than his fair share of knocks. Youngster Sebastian Coates has great potential but is perhaps a little raw for regular first team action, whilst Martin Skrtel is one of the most consistent performers in the English top tier.

Pearce has been at Reading since the age of 13 and has amassed 129 appearances for the Berkshire side.

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