Sunderland’s defender hopes scuppered: Transfer Rumours: February 12

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SUNDERLAND’S interest in a Premier League defender could be over after he agreed to stay at his current club.

According to the Daily Star, Republic of Ireland defender Alex Pearce, 24, is signing a new deal at Reading despite interest from West Brom and Sunderland.

It’s all quiet on the Newcastle front, but other stories include:

Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham are on alert after 21-year-old Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen rejected a new contract with Ajax. Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool are considering a summer move for Malaga’s 28-year-old Chilean playmaker Manuel Iturra, who could be available for £3m. Full story: Daily Express

Real Madrid are planning a £38m move for Tottenham winger Gareth Bale, 23, this summer. Full story: talkSPORT

Chelsea could step up their pursuit of Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, 27, by using 20-year-old Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as a bargaining tool in negotiations. Full story: Metro

Southampton’s new boss Mauricio Pochettino failed in a last-gasp club-record £15.25m bid for Morocco midfielder Abdelaziz Barrada, 23, from Getafe. Full story: talkSPORT

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness insists a deal to sign 24-year-old Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, who is a reputed Manchester United target, from Borussia Dortmund has not been agreed. Full story: ESPN

Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, 40, has revealed he has entered into contract negotiations to extend his stay at Craven Cottage. Full story: Fulham Chronicle

Hull boss Steve Bruce is planning to move for Peterborough winger George Boyd, 27, but must pay a hefty loan fee. Full story: Daily Mirror

Huddersfield are targeting Coventry boss Mark Robins, 43, to take over as their new manager. Full story: Daily Mirror

West Brom are considering a summer move for 19-year-old Leeds right-back Sam Byram. Full story: The Sun

Midfielder Stephen Ireland, 26, has been frozen out at Aston Villa and forced to train with the club’s youth team. Full story: The Daily Telegraph