Reading defender Alex Pearce is reportedly edging ever closer to a move to Liverpool, as he continues to ignore contract discussions at the Madejski Stadium.
The Republic of Ireland international's deal at Reading expires in the summer, and while he has been offered a new contract, the Daily Star has reported 24-year-old is yet to commit as he hopes to join up with former boss Brendan Rodgers at Anfield.
Pearce is one of many centre-backs to have been linked to a Merseyside move since the announcement of Jamie Carragher's retirement. Swansea's Ashley Williams and Feyenoord's Stefan de Vrij have recently been mentioned on the rumour mill.
Pearce has been left out of the starting line-up for two consecutive Reading games but Royals manager Brian McDermott has denied this is as a result of the uncertainty of the defender's future. McDermott is not hopeful of retaining Pearce's service though.
He said: "We will see where he will be in the summer. At this moment in time nothing looks to be signed."
Liverpool boss Rodgers had previous interaction with Pearce during his brief stint as Reading coach in 2009.
Pearce was ever-present in Reading's promotion-winning season last year, in which the Royals had the tightest defence in the league. He made his international debut last September, scoring in a 4-1 friendly win over Oman.