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After conceding four goals on Wednesday, Jaap Stam has moved to sure up Reading's back line.

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The day might finally be here.

Reading's interest in Liam Moore has been public information for nearly a month, with the Royals having several bids rejected by Leicester for the defender despite the fact they did not give him a squad number for the new season and made him train with the under 21s.

The saga has frustrated the club, fans and the player himself, but it seems as though Moore will finally be announced as a Reading player this evening or tomorrow. According to the Leicester Mercury, the 23 year old had a medical today and if all goes to plan will seal a £1 million switch to the Madejski Stadium and sign a four year contract.

He will however have signed too late to be available to feature against Brighton tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Tyler Blackett could also be making the switch to Berkshire according to this Sun journalist:

The Manchester United defender was linked with a loan move Reading earlier in the summer, but Jaap Stam decided against bringing him in. However, interest may have been rekindled, yet it isn't known whether the move would be permanent or not.

Good signings?

It was clear that Reading needed to bolster their options in defence after a couple of shaky performances, and a move for Moore has always been down to Leicester's co-operation, or lack of it should be said.

Yet the decision to reportedly bring in Blackett surprises me slightly, partly because his track record isn't all that great. It also leaves question marks over Jake Cooper, who Stam clearly has little confidence in.

If Blackett and Moore were to both join, academy graduate Cooper could well find himself fifth in the pecking order behind the two new signings, Joey van den Berg and captain Paul McShane. It's also difficult to see where this summer's first new signing, Danzell Gravenberch fits in, whilst you'd expect youngsters Dominic Hyam, Rob Dickie and Niall Keown to go out on loan.

Would you be happy with bringing Moore and Blackett in Royals fans? What other business do we need to do before the window shuts? Let us know in the comments below.