Pompey defender desperate to stay

Jason Pearce
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Jason Pearce spoke of his love for Pompey and insisted: I don’t want to go.

But the in-demand Blues defender admitted his future could be out of his hands.

The club may choose to cash in on him as they attempt to solve their tax woes.

Pearce is subject of a £1.7m triple bid from Ipswich for his services along with Joel Ward.

Keeper Stephen Henderson is understood to be the mystery third man the Tractor Boys are chasing as part of that deal.

Ipswich are also thought to be prepared to offer players in return – with Grant Leadbitter and Damien Delaney mooted as makeweights – to get the move over the line before tomorrow’s 11pm deadline.

Their boss Paul Jewell watched Pearce head his side’s second goal in their 3-0 win at Peterborough on Saturday.

The 24-year-old then spoke of his happiness at Fratton Park following his £300,000 summer return from Bournemouth.

Pearce knows he can dig his heels in even if Pompey agree a deal for his services.

But the powerhouse is aware the biggest factor for the club is doing all they can to ensure their survival.

Pearce said: ‘I don’t know what’s happening – it’s out of my hands.

‘I love the club, everyone knows that.

‘I want to stay here but no-one knows what is going to happen with the current situation. I will always give 100 per cent, though.

‘It’s nice to be talked about and wanted.

‘At the end of the day, though, I’m a Portsmouth player and that’s all that matters.

‘There’s a lot of talk but, at the end of the day, I’m here.

‘I don’t know what is going to go on – I really don’t.

‘All I can affect is what I do on the pitch.

‘At the moment, it’s got nothing to do with me.

‘With regard to the off-the-field stuff, if a bid is accepted, I can go and talk to them.

‘I don’t have to accept anything, though. I just hope Portsmouth gets sorted out.

‘I take it with a pinch of salt, get on with it and give 100 per cent in training and on the pitch.

‘It’s got nothing to do with me, I’m a Portsmouth player and want to talk about Portsmouth.’

Pearce stated he is as in the dark about Pompey’s future as his own.

The players haven’t been told about the direction the club are headed over ownership.

They are keeping their fingers crossed, though, with the High Court hearing over Pompey’s winding-up petition set for February 20.

Pearce said: ‘We know what everyone else knows really. I see the stuff in the paper.

‘They are keeping it quiet because they want to get the deal sorted. That’s good.

‘If people come out and start saying stuff like that Cala guy everyone expects it to happen.

‘We have to let people get on with it behind the scenes, concentrate on the football and let what will be, be.’