Sunderland manager Jack Ross is preparing his squad for another attempt at gaining promotion from League One, having fallen just short this season, with play-off final defeat to Charlton consigning the Black Cats to another season in the English third-tier.
As Ross considers his transfer targets it looks like he will face competition from Portsmouth and Oxford United in his pursuit of newly promoted Charlton Athletic defender Jason Pearce, according to Sky Sports sources via sport journalist Mark McAdam on Twitter.
But would Pearce be a good signing for Sunderland?
“This would be a brilliant signing.
Pearce is very experienced at League One/Championship level and was part of a promotion winning team last season.
“Sunderland need a reliable defender who can be called upon throughout the season and Pearce provides that.
“The only concern I would have is over his ability to step up to the Championship if Sunderland do go up.”
“This could be a good signing.
“Pearce has got plenty of experience across the Football League, which could make him a valuable player at the Stadium of Light.
“Given he only played a bit part at Charlton last season, they may be more willing to let him go as they look to strengthen their squad for a return to the Championship next season.”
“I think it probably is.
“Whilst Sunderland’s defensive options were OK last season there is no doubt that they can be improved upon.
“Pearce is a real no nonsense defender and a leader which is arguably something that was lacking in the Black Cats back line.”