Liverpool look to double Reading swoop

Liverpool could be set to take advantage of Reading’s relegation from the Premier League by making bids for defender Alex Pearce and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, according to reports.

The Daily Star suggests that Brendan Rodgers is keen to bring Pearce, 24, from the Madjeski Stadium to bolster the Reds defence – with Jamie Carragher set to retire this summer.

They write this morning:

Pearce informed Reading he would not be signing a new deal before their relegation was confirmed in Sunday’s 0-0 draw at home to QPR.

Pearce, 6ft 2in, is a Scotland Under-21 international, and has had loan spells at Northampton, Norwich, Bournmouth and Southampton since signing with the Royals in 2006.

The Reading Post newspaper also report that Pearce is Anfield bound.

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Meanwhile the Daily Star bring back up the rumours that Rodgers is also keen to sign 23-year-old goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

McCarthy impressed Rodgers earlier in the month with a fine display of goalkeeping to keep the Reds out in a 0-0 draw at Reading.

The England Under-21 international goalkeeper also started his career with the Royals, but has had loan spells at eight different Football League clubs, before breaking into the Reading team briefly this last season.

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