The Football Transfer Tavern punters are extremely surprised to hear that Liverpool are planning to sign Reading defender Alex Pearce this summer according to Metro.
Reading’s relegation was confirmed on Sunday with a dull draw at home with fellow Championship-bound club Queens Park Rangers and so the summer exodus will begin for both hooped shirted outfits.
Pearce is out of contract this summer and has told new Royals boss Nigel Adkins that he plans to leave this summer on a free transfer with Liverpool already in talks with the Republic of Ireland international centre back who has actually recently lost his first team place to Sean Morrison at the Madejski Stadium – hence the surprise at the Liverpool link.
The 24-year-old worked with Brendan Rodgers when the former Swansea City boss was at Reading and the pair reportedly have a deal already done in principle.
Rodgers is desperate to replace Jamie Carragher who will hang up his boots at the end of the season after an impressive final year at Anfield that has seen him break into the first team once again displacing Martin Skrtel in the process.