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Reading Face Competition For League One Right-Back

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He was a team-mate of Oliver Norwood at Euro 2016.

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Jaap Stam is set to go looking in the lower leagues for his next signing of the summer, with the Yorkshire Evening Post reporting that Fleetwood Town's Conor McLaughlin is a target for Reading.

The right-back was part of the Northern Ireland squad that reached the Round of 16 at Euro 2016, and started their opening group game against Poland. McLaughlin made 42 appearances in all competitions for Fleetwood last season, scoring twice. He has been with the Lancashire club since 2012, enjoying promotion from League Two in 2014.

But Reading are not the only club said to be interested in the 24 year old, with the paper claiming that Leeds United have made contact with Fleetwood, whilst HITC name Wolves, Derby County, Cardiff City, FC Twente and St Etienne as the other clubs sniffing around.

McLaughlin is valued at £300,000, which doesn't seem too bad to me for a right-back who has consistently impressed for Fleetwood in recent seasons, and certainly seems capable of playing in the Championship. With Chris Gunter linked with a move away from the Madejski Stadium, there are no other senior right-backs at the club, but Rob Dickie and Tennai Watson have featured in pre-season so far.

Let us know your thoughts on the rumour in the comments below - would you want McLaughlin in Berkshire next season?