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Chesterfield Reject Clucas Bids; Royals Linked

Reading Football Club are rivalling Wigan Athletic and Cardiff City for the versatile Spireites attacker.

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Steve Clarke has made known that he wants to get his transfer dealings done early this summer and it looks like he's staying true to his word, if multiple reports are to be believed.

Various media organisations are reporting that Reading, Cardiff and Wigan are in a tug of war to sign Chesterfield's Sam Clucas, a 24-year-old attacker whose primary position is as a left winger, though he has been known to play on the right and as a striker.

Chesterfield's Chief Executive said:

"The bids have been received in the last seven days and they were both rejected."

Clucas joined Chesterfield from Mansfield in September 2014 for a fee believed to be around £110,000. In his first season at the club in League One he made 53 appearances in all competitions, scoring 12 goals and making four assists.

If it transpires that Clarke and company are in for the winger, it's a move that makes sense given the unimpressive performances of Robson-Kanu and Blackman this season. If he can make the step up to the Championship and provide some genuine competition for the left wing spot, at the age of 24, he could be the long-term solution to the space Jobi McAnuff vacated last summer.

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