Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett is considering a raid on newly promoted Charlton Athletic for a Fratton Park old-boy, with a move for 31-year-old defender Jason Pearce an option, according to Sky Sources via sports journalist Mark McAdam.
Pearce was previously signed on the south-coast from two spells in 2006-07 and 2011-12, whilst he also enjoyed spells at Bognor Regis and Woking on-loan and permanent spells at Bournemouth, Leeds United and Wigan.
So would Pearce be a good signing for Pompey?
“This would be a good bargain move from Pompey.
“He could slot in alongside Clarke or replace him should he leave. He’s not on the same level as Clarke but if they bring in £4m for him and then Pearce on a free that would be fantastic business.
“Pearce was one of the best defenders in the league last year and I’m sure he would be again.”
“This could be a good signing.
“Portsmouth conceded more goals than any other side in League One’s top five last season, and will be looking to strengthen that defence if they are to push for promotion next season.
“Pearce knows the clubs already and could be easier to secure as Charlton look to make changes to their squad ahead of their Championship return, which could make this a sensible move.”
“He could be the ideal Clarke replacement.
“It is looking more and more like Clarke will be on his way to the second tier and Pearce would be a ready-made replacement.
“This looks like being a make or break summer for Portsmouth if they are to maintain their promotion bid into next season.”