Sunderland appear to have missed out on signing Jason Pearce after the defender signed a contract extension with Charlton Athletic.
Alongside Portsmouth and Oxford United, the Black Cats were leading the chase to sign Pearce earlier in the summer, according to Sky Sources.
The Charlton captain signed a contract extension with the club yesterday that will keep him at the Valley until the summer of 2021.
The 31-year-old joined the Addicks from Wigan in August 2016 and has made 81 appearances since.
Pearce was hampered by injuries last season but still played an important role in Charlton’s promotion campaign, making 26 appearances in the league.
Speaking to the club website, he indicated that he had always intended to stay at the London club despite the interest from elsewhere.
He said: “I wanted to get that stability with the club, I enjoy it here. I love the club and it has been a good year and I feel like Charlton are on the up.
“The club obviously had a bit of interest for me in the summer but it didn’t change anything, I wanted to stay here.
“I’m proud that the club have allowed me to extend my contract and hopefully I can repay that with some good performances on the pitch.”
Charlton boss Lee Bowyer described Pearce as the squad’s “leader on and off the pitch”.
He added: “I always say you need experience in a team and his experience is so valuable.”
“He’s also a very, very good centre-half so I’m delighted he’s signed a new contract with us.”
Getting this agreement done is a great move for Charlton but Sunderland will be disappointed to have missed out.
The fact that Pearce will be with the Addicks for their return to the Championship in the upcoming season should provide a huge boost to the team, given he is an important player and the club captain.
The 31-year-old would have been a great addition to Jack Ross’ squad, especially due to his experience getting promoted from League One last season.
However, the Black Cats look set to add a defender to their ranks and are reportedly on the verge of signing Coventry City centre back Jordan Willis.