Reading’s purchase of Liam Moore from Leicester City in the summer of 2016 came after a long, drawn-out transfer saga, and it is looking as though the same may precede his departure from the Madejski Stadium.
Brighton’s interest in the defender appeared to have cooled after having two bids rejected by Reading in late May/early June, but they have now come back in with a third offer according to Sky Sports.
The report alleges that the Seagull’s new proposition includes an upfront fee of £8 million along with a series of add-ons that would be paid depending on certain conditions and fulfilments.
Sky do not make any comment on whether Reading would prepared to accept this offer, but The Mirror suggest that it has been rejected, with the Royals keen to get in at least £10 million for the 25-year-old. The Reading Chronicle had previously stated that his price tag was £15 million.
The Mirror report details that Chris Hughton is considering a fourth bid for Moore, but will not include Sam Baldock, who Reading remain interested in, in any potential deal. That is a transfer that is being discussed completely separately.
On the interest in Moore, Paul Clement has said:
“The club don’t want to sell Liam, and hopefully that’ll be the case.
”He’s a really good player, did really well all last season, did really well in the eight games I was here last year, and he’ll be a big part of us moving forward.”
Brighton have been busy shaking up their backline this summer, selling Uwe Huenemeier to Paderborn and Connor Goldson to Ranger as well as signing Leon Balogun from Mainz. Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk are the other two first team centre-backs currently at the AMEX Stadium.
But could Moore be joining them? Brighton’s interest in him is now firmly established, and you would expect that if a fourth bid came in it would probably match Reading’s supposed valuation of £10 million. It’s a case now of waiting to see if the South Coast club are prepared to pay that much for a defender with three years still left on his deal in Berkshire. The Royals appear to be standing firm, and Moore has made no indication at this stage of his desire to leave. Remember that the transfer window closes earlier than usually this summer, on Thursday August 9th.