It was being reported yesterday that Reading were ‘ready to stand their ground’ over centre-half Liam Moore.
The 25-year-old former Leicester City academy graduate made the switch to the Madejski Stadium in August of 2016 for a reported £1.5million after impressing for both Leicester and then during loan spells out with Brentford and Bristol City and he’s gone on to become a key player for his current side, making 96 starting appearances since his arrival. He’s also returned four goals and can also operate at fullback.
The Reading Chronicle report that with Moore now back in pre-season training this week, speculation about his future is certainly hotting up and it’s believed we are in pole position to secure his capture – but we haven’t yet quite met their valuation of £15million.
With the mark up that would give them, if there’s any truth to this, I’d think we’ll meet at the £10-12million mark.
Their manager Paul Clement has already drawn his line in the sand stating that the ‘club don’t want to see Liam’ and he hopes that will be the case when the transfer window closes, but he did concede that he had options in mind should their Chinese owners choose to cash in.
The former England Under 21 international was always highly rated by Leicester and his sale come about after his dropped down the pecking order as they moved up to the Premier League and he wanted more game time. In the years since his stock has continued to rise and he was their Player of the Year for 2017/18 and wouldn’t be a bad capture at all in my humble.