It was reported earlier this month that League One duo Sunderland and Portsmouth were interested in signing Charlton Athletic defender Jason Pearce, as he enters the final 12 months of his contract at The Valley.

Both Sunderland and Portsmouth are looking to further reinforce their back lines with the 2019/20 League One season around the corner and promotion to primary target for the two after they both missed out in the League One play-offs last season.

And, an option identified to come into the squad this summer was Charlton Athletic defender Jason Pearce. Pearce has entered the final year of his contract with the Addicks and amid their promotion to the Championship, it was speculated if he would be deemed surplus to requirements.

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However, the latest development at The Valley says otherwise, with manager Lee Bowyer revealing the club have held brief talks with Pearce over a new contract. Speaking to the South London Press and Mercury, Bowyer said:

We have spoken to Lyle’s people and Lyle,” said Bowyer. “That was before we went away. They know the situation. We will revisit that soon. There is him and Pearcey, we spoke to him when we were away.”

It was said last week that should he leave, Pearce would rather make a move back to Portsmouth rather than head to the North East with Sunderland.

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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.

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 and it will be interesting to see if he adds to that total beyond the end of this summer.

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