According to the Portsmouth News (as cited by Chronicle Live) Charlton Athletic centre-back Jason Pearce would rather join Portsmouth over Sunderland this summer.

Sky Sports News (as cited by Chronicle Live) has claimed that Charlton Athletic defender Jason Pearce is attracting the attention of three clubs this summer, with League One pair Sunderland and Portsmouth both said keen, along with Oxford United.

The Black Cats are determined to strengthen their squad this summer as they look to mount another promotion push in the 2019/20, after suffering late play-off heartbreak at the hands of Charlton Athletic last summer. On their shopping list is a new centre-back, with Jason Pearce said to be an option.

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Portsmouth are also eyeing up defensive reinforcements this summer. Star man Matt Clarke has made a move to Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion and despite already bringing in Paul Downing and Sean Raggett, Kenny Jackett is seemingly in the market for another.

And, they will have had their hopes of bringing Pearce in boosted, with it being claimed that he would prefer to make a move to Fratton Park over a move to Sunderland.

The 31-year-old starting his playing career with Portsmouth and spent time away from the club on loan with Woking before moving to Bournemouth. After four years and 175 games for the Cherries, Pearce returned to Portsmouth before leaving to join Leeds United just a year later.

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Pearce spent two-and-a-half years with Leeds, playing 113 times before joining Wigan, where he spent a year-and-a-half. He joined Charlton Athletic in 2016 and has played 81 times, but it awaits to be seen if Lee Bowyer deems his surplus to requirements after their return to the second-tier.

If he does so, the League One trio will be waiting in the wings.

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