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Rodgers linked with January swoop for Alex Pearce

Published: 8 Nov 2012 10:300 comments

BRENDAN Rodgers could be set to raid his former club in a bid to take Alex Pearce to Liverpool.

Red alert: Ex-Reading boss Brendan Rodgers wants to take Alex Pearce to Liverpool, according to reports.
Pic: Chris Forsey.

Contract talks between Pearce and Royals have stalled, with the 23-year-old defender's current deal set to expire next summer.

Royals may now be forced to cash in during the January transfer window, with former manager Rodgers believed to be showing a strong interest.

Pearce was named Reading's Chronicle-sponsored Player of the Year last season, but has lost his place in the first team in recent weeks.

Royals boss Brian McDermott explained: "We spoke to Alex yesterday (Wednesday) so it's between him and the club now.

"I hope Alex stays and I would like him to sign. But January is approaching and if he hasn't signed we will see where we are."

Meanwhile, McDermott played down rumours linking the club with a move for Arsenal's out-of-favour Andrey Arshavin, 31, in January.

"He is not a Reading player and I won't comment on players at other clubs in the same division as us," he insisted.

Contract talks between Reading and striker Simon Church have also hit a deadlock.

The Wales international this week joined Huddersfield Town on loan for a month.

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