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Reading To Make Andy Yiadom Their First Summer Signing?

The Barnsley defender could be on his way to the Madejski Stadium.

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According to a pretty reliable source, Reading are in pole position to sign Barnsley right back Andy Yiadom. Andy Giddings, BBC Sheffield's Sport Editor, claims the 26 year-old is due to undergo a medical with the Royals today (Thursday 17).

Yiadom has been linked with Reading a few times before this summer and, interestingly, was close to a summer move to Paul Clement's Swansea 12 months ago. Presumably, the former Swans boss remains a fan.

Reportedly, Yiadom will arrive on a free now that his contract at Oakwell has expired, after two years in South Yorkshire.

On the face of it, this move implies Reading will be looking closer to home in the transfer window than they have done in recent years. Despite qualifying for Ghana at international level, Holloway-born Yiadom has only ever played in England. Starting out in Watford's youth system, he then played for the likes of Hayes and Yeading, Braintree and Barnet, before migrating up north.

As a potential Reading player, he'd offer cover and competition to Chris Gunter, who's barely missed a game over the last few years. Yiadom is also versatile enough to fill in at left back for when Jordan Obita and Omar Richards are both injured.