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Report: Portsmouth keen to beat Sunderland to Pearce and Shankland

A general view of Stadium of Light, home of Sunderland FC during the Sky Bet League One match between Sunderland and Fleetwood Town at Stadium of Light on September 8, 2018 in Sunderland,...

Sunderland could miss out on both Jason Pearce and Lawrence Shankland.

A general view prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland AFC and Sheffield Wednesday at Stadium of Light on April 2, 2018 in Sunderland, England.

According to Portsmouth News, Portsmouth are rivalling Sunderland for the signature of Ayr United striker Lawrence Shankland – and the same goes for Jason Pearce.

Pompey were dumped out of the League One playoffs in the semi-finals by Sunderland last month, and with Kenny Jackett looking to boost his squad, he could deliver a double transfer blow to the Black Cats.

Jackett desperately needs another striker to help Ollie Hawkins, and it's believed that Shankland is a target after a stunning season over in Scotland.


The 23-year-old hit 34 goals in all competitions this past season, taking the Scottish Championship by storm – and with his contract expiring, he looks set to move on for free this summer.

Sunderland had been hoping to sign Shankland given that he's already worked with boss Jack Ross at St Mirren, but Portsmouth are seemingly hoping to hijack their move.

Shankland isn't the only one though. Portsmouth News also note that Charlton Athletic defender Jason Pearce is keen on a return to Pompey, despite interest from Sunderland.

30th November 2018, Tannadice Park, Dundee, Scotland; Scottish Championship football, Dundee United versus Ayr United; Lawrence Shankland of Ayr United celebrates after scoring for 5-0 in...

Pearce would solidify the Sunderland defence whilst bringing real experience, whilst Shankland can provide another goal threat alongside Will Grigg and Charlie Wyke, meaning potentially missing out on both is a nightmare.

Add in that they'd be going to a promotion rival, and Sunderland really can't afford to lose both, with Pompey looking to make a real statement after their defeat to the Black Cats.

Charlton Athletic's Jason Pearce

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