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Bournemouth Defender Linked Again
Bournemouth Defender Linked Again
Saturday, 18th Jun 2011 09:26

Town are again being linked with Bournemouth central defender Jason Pearce, who is also said to be interesting his former club Portsmouth. The Cherries are reported to want £750,000 for the 23-year-old, who has previously been mentioned in connection with Burnley and Barnsley, while a move to Peterborough was close a fortnight ago.

Posh seemed set to complete a £500,000 deal until Bournemouth discovered that the previous Dean Court regime which had signed him from Portsmouth in August 2007 had agreed to a 50% sell-on clause which scuppered the switch.

Hillingdon-born Pearce came through the youth system at Portsmouth but failed to make a senior appearance for Pompey.

During his time at Fratton Park the 6ft 1½in tall centre-half spent time on loan at Bognor Regis Town and Woking before joining the Cherries on a free transfer.

Since then Pearce, who is contracted until 2013, has established himself as a key member of the Bournemouth side as they have progressed from League Two strugglers to League One play-off semi-finalists. In January 2010 he was named the Cherries’ first team captain.

Earlier in the week, Town boss Paul Jewell confirmed that he had made an enquiry regarding Preston centre-half Sean St Ledger, although no firm offer was on the table at that point, and Pearce may be seen as an alternative if the Blues and Lilywhites can’t agree a deal for the Ireland international.

Jewell will be keen to complete more moves before pre-season training begins on June 29th with his former Wigan striker Nathan Ellington, who is understood to have held talks at Portman Road earlier in the week, appearing likely to be the next man through the door.

Meanwhile, former Blue Danny Haynes, currently with Barnsley, has been linked with Burnley, Hull and Blackpool.

Ex-Town striker Sam Morrow has joined Ross County having been released by Tranmere at the end of the season.

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manualthetisfanclub added 09:41 - Jun 18
Well worth a punt I reckon,st ledger could be a bit expensive with not a great injury record.pearce only 23,got a bit of hunger,wants to play as high a level as he can,as for ellington what a waste of time,he aint gonna score goals while he's got a hole in his a#se!!!!!

robdaful added 09:47 - Jun 18
Sign Pearce up!

Then move on to someone else.

Keaneish added 09:51 - Jun 18
Ellington? Not exactly the potent striker i was hoping would accompany Chopra up front. Wickham and Chopra naturally or Lee Martin playing just off Chopra in my opinion. If we get a decent attacking midfielder then even Priskin to stretch the back 4 and Chopra with Wickham out wide but Ellington?

Must mean Scotland is off for cash?

pazelle added 10:01 - Jun 18
St Ledger is sliding down the leagues, Pearcey is on the up! No brainer! Get this lad in asap!

Sibelius8 added 10:22 - Jun 18
Just the sort of player we should cherry-pick.

I seem to remember a certain Michael Mills who also didn't make the grade as a Portsmouth Youth player.......

JoshTheLad added 10:27 - Jun 18
Bournemouth captain as well, possibly a future leader for us

DiamondGezzer added 10:28 - Jun 18
Decent player. Young, hungry and wages shouldn't be massive, well worth a go IMHO.

suffolkpoker added 10:28 - Jun 18
Just the type of player we want, im more excited over this lad than SSL. He has been with a good manager for a while, and got his team promoted a few times.

let the good times roll...

hollywoodginge added 10:34 - Jun 18
This lad is the Korean meatballs, excellent prospect. I would be very happy with either him or st ledger or even both.

itfcjc added 10:35 - Jun 18
NoT sure if he's a mcauley but I know nothing about him so we'll see

oldelsworthyfan added 10:36 - Jun 18
I've seen him play. Snap him up! He's just what we need.

Keaneish added 10:46 - Jun 18
Is Delaney the calm head to play alongside him though? Not so sure. A few too many howlers for me last season! Maybe he'll step up to the plate a bit more now Mac has gone.

tractaboy added 11:20 - Jun 18
From what little I've seen of him he looks good. Anybody any idea who the striker is who PJ bid for?
If he wants players in by pre season training its going to be a busy week!

KenDubZ added 11:27 - Jun 18
Have him thats a bargin he is a dream player and shows so much potential its stupid not to have him for 750k ... Not being funny he could set the club for what 7-10years

markw added 11:32 - Jun 18
sign him up

Mark added 11:41 - Jun 18
Pearce - right age and just the sort of player we should be signing. A young centre back joining us along with the experienced Ingimarsson seems a good strategy to me.

Ellington - a big ask to turn his career round to his pre-2006 days. If his wages are low though, he might be worth it on a free transfer as he doesn't turn 30 until next month so is a good couple of years younger than Scotland.

Garv added 13:00 - Jun 18
Atleast he's got some height to him, St Ledger isn't six foot. Experienced Ingimarsson and youthful Pearce could be a good partnership, also Delaney battling for a first team place as well is encouraging.

broomfield123 added 13:04 - Jun 18
Id be tempted with this Pearce bloke aswell as Sean St Leadger if the price is right.Surely with about 120 odd players out of contract andavalable on freebies we can get some decent quality players for nowt

NITFC added 13:05 - Jun 18
I like the sound of thius

RedDust added 14:50 - Jun 18
Sounds promising... what about jason koumas for a creative midfeilder what does anyone recon?

dubzyluvschips added 15:16 - Jun 18
Young, hungry, talented. go get him PJ

dommyboyblue added 15:29 - Jun 18

Just the kind of player we need, very exciting.

Koumas good midfielder and on a free, do not think he has fulfilled his initial potential which is a shame and good dead ball man. how old is he now though?

Keaneish added 15:52 - Jun 18
RedDust - mate who's a Cardiff season ticket holder said he was a waste of space last season.

Mark added 16:56 - Jun 18
Koumas is 31; he'll turn 32 in September. A year younger than Bullard then. Koumas used to be brilliant, but apparently he is now looking at moving to Sheff Wed!

jas0999 added 17:16 - Jun 18
Two good signings by PJ so far - and IMO Pearce would make it three out of three! Sadly, Nathan Ellington would tarnish that record as his goal scoring ratio over the past 4 years has been nothing short of shocking. Priskin is more effective!

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