Leeds United remain interested in Reading forward Danny Loader but it seems they are not first in the queue to secure his signature.
According to Telegraph journalist Mike McGrath, the 19-year-old striker is due to leave Reading today (June 30), with his contract at the Madejski Stadium set to expire.
Leeds are said to have monitored the youngster, as well as Crystal Palace, but Portuguese side Vitoria have made the first move by holding talks with the England Under-20 international.
England U20 forward Danny Loader has held talks with Portuguese side Vitoria, who are among teams looking at him when he leaves #Reading at end of month. #CrystalPalace #Leeds have monitored team-mate of Foden, CHO etc from U17 WC winners
— Mike McGrath (@mcgrathmike) June 30, 2020
Loader has made 13 first-team appearances for Reading this season, scoring one goal in the process which came against Blackpool in the FA Cup back in January.
He’s only started once in the Championship this term but is still a promising young player given the fact he’s an Under-17 World Cup winner with England and is attracting attention from the Premier League. As well as Palace, Wolves are also said to have an interest in the Reading-born forward [FLW].
Noel Whelan has said that Leeds should not be signing Loader because of his lack of Premier League experience but we cannot disagree more.
If Leeds are signing Loader, it is not as if he is going to be a starter. He would more than likely be someone to spearhead the Under-23s’ attack or get loaned out to a Championship club to continue his development there.
Loader’s going to be available for a small compensation fee so Leeds could be getting themselves a very low-risk deal here.
They might as well roll the dice and have a go at landing the forward.
But to do that, it seems they need to blow Vitoria out of the water first after the Portuguese club reportedly made their move.
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