Rob Mackenzie, who worked for Leicester City among others, has been working for Sunderland since March.
Pearson, who has reportedly thrown his hat into the ring to become Norwich City's next boss, signed James for Leicester City five years ago.
The midfielder has impressed in two months at Barnsley while Nottingham Forest continue to slide towards the relegation zone.
Leicester's Matty James has joined Barnsley, allegedly turning down interest from Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest.
Nottingham Forest have reportedly made a loan offer for Leicester's Matty James - but he wants to join Barnsley.
Conor Hourihane has been heavily linked with a move to Aston Villa, and it appears that the path is about to be left clear for a switch.
January offers Villa the opportunity to make a statement of intent ahead of a crucial five-month spell.
It is claimed that Leicester are keen to loan out the 25-year-old, and a move to Aston Villa or Wolverhampton Wanderers could appeal despite Premier League interest.
The midfield maestro has been out of action since May 2015.
The midfielder has been out of action since last May.
Spurs could reportedly raid Ligue 1 outfit Lille to bring sporting director Luis Campos to the Premier League.
Arsenal centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos has helped Kieran Tierney adapt to life in London.
Newcastle United full-back DeAndre Yedlin struggled to make a positive impression for his country last night.
The Leeds United fan favourite is now tied to the Elland Road outfit until 2022 and will hope to help the Whites of Marcelo Bielsa get promoted.
West Ham United are seemingly looking forward to Jose Mourinho's visit.
Premier League leaders Liverpool reportedly want to sign Turkish goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir from Trabzonspor.
Mauricio Pochettino is an attractive appointment for Premier League sides after leaving Spurs, with Arsenal and Chelsea potential future moves.
Chelsea are said to be very keen to sign Ben Chilwell from Leicester City if their transfer ban is lifted.
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The Aston Villa man, who has dropped down the goalkeeping pecking order at Villa Park, played 45 minutes for his nation in yesterday's friendly.