Meanwhile, Pearce has opened talks aimed at securing the long-term future of the midfielder Alf Inge Haland at the City Ground. The Norwegian, whose current deal ends in the summer, has been the subject of an inquiry - though not a formal bid - from Leeds. Manchester United have also been linked with the player.
Gary Breen, Birmingham City's highly rated central defender, is likely to be out of action for a month after an incident outside a London restaurant. The Republic of Ireland international needed stitches in a head wound and suffered a broken hand.
Italian newspapers have reported that Roberto Baggio, the Milan striker, has lost up to six billion lire (pounds 2.35m) in an alleged investment scandal. Baggio was one of at least 200 people - reported to include a number of footballers - who placed money in a finance company based in the Adriatic resort of Rimini.Reuse content