Reading may have already wrapped up seven signings so far this summer, but they're still in the hunt for Moore. The 23 year-old centre half, currently playing for Leicester City, has recently been linked with a permanent switch to Berkshire.
Over the last few days, several reports have come out claiming that the transfer is a step closer to completion. On 30th July, Get Reading claimed that:
"Reading are hopeful of pushing through a deal for Liam Moore within the next week."
Which isn't to say that the two clubs have come to an agreement. In fact, according to the local paper, no fee has been worked out, but that shouldn't be too far down the line.
Somewhat confusingly, the Leicester Mercury have this evening revealed that Reading have submitted a £1m bid for Moore. However, the article gives no indication as to when this bid actually went in, so it's hard to compare this snippet of info with what we have from Get Reading.
The interest is definitely there
Jaap Stam has gone on public record saying that he's a fan of the young Englishman. Speaking recently, the Dutchman said that...
“We’re interested in him. The club are in talks with him. We’re just waiting to see if it can go through. We want to have him at the club so we’re just waiting on Leicester.
I’ve seen him play, I think his style of play suits us - but it’s about Leicester as well and what they want to do.
Hopefully we can do it because we need defenders. And he is a quality player. We need players who are fast, quick, defensively strong and good in the build up as well. He’s got those qualities so I hope we can pull it off.”
A new partner for Paul McShane
Reading aren't exactly short of centre halves at the moment, but quality is lacking. Apart from the experienced Paul McShane, Jaap Stam can call on Jake Cooper, Danzell Gravenberch, Dominic Hyam, Rob Dickie and Niall Keown, none of whom is older than 22. At a push, Joey Van den Berg is an option, but the Dutchman failed to impress when given a chance against Bournemouth.
At 23, Moore's obviously not a much older option than Cooper et al, but he's still managed to rack up 109 professional appearances in all competitions. For context, Jake Cooper has 49, and Paul McShane has 307.
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