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'Pool poised to swoop for Royal Pearce

LIVERPOOL boss Brendan Rodgers wants to bring new Ireland recruit Alex Pearce to Anfield and has already had an offer turned down by Reading, writes PAUL HYLAND.

Pearce, who made his Ireland debut against Oman in London in September, has been benched for the last seven games and is thought to be suffering for his refusal to agree terms on a new deal with Reading.

Reading's Player of the Season last term, Pearce will be a free agent in the summer but it is thought that Rodgers wants to move quickly and sign him in January if he can.

His last game for Reading was in September, roughly the same time contract talks broke down and Pearce hasn't kicked a ball since.

Rodgers has plenty of history with Pearce and promoted him to club captain at Reading when he was manager in 2009.

Keane brace seals LA win

ROBBIE Keane (below) was the LA Galaxy hero last night as his brace helped Bruce Arena's side to a 3-1 (3-2 on aggregate) play-off win over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Keane scored a stunning 25-yard drive on 21 minutes to tie the game up on aggregate after San Jose had won the first leg 1-0 at the Home Depot Centre on Sunday.

He made it 2-0 13 minutes later when he latched onto Landon Donovan's slide-rule pass to round the San Jose goalie and finish from an acute angle.

The Galaxy will face the winner of tonight's game between Real Salt Lake and the Seattle Sounders.

Brady offers Bruce width

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has said that the signing of Manchester United's Robbie Brady on loan will give his team more options in wide positions.

The 20-year-old winger spent last season on loan with the Tigers, making over 30 league appearances.

"We haven't really got any natural wide players," Bruce said. "The quality of Robbie is he can play on the left or on the right, and even (on Tuesday against Wolves) he came on as an emergency left back or left wing-back.

"I think he'll be better here this time around."