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Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leicester City, and Southampton have been linked with Reading’s Danny Loader.

According to a report in Goal, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City are among a raft of clubs including Southampton, Arsenal, and Chelsea interested in signing Reading youngster Danny Loader.

The 18-year-old striker has impressed over the past 12 months, making 22 appearances for the Royals and scoring the club’s goal of the season with a super strike against Middlesbrough in April.

Reading are keen on extending his deal at the club which expires in 12 months’ time, but the Berkshire club will now face a battle to persuade him to remain on at the Madejski Stadium amid heavy interest.

The report in Goal claims Loader has even attracted attention from across Europe. Juventus are cited as interested while French duo Lille and Rennes are also among the potential suitors.

If Reading can’t come to an agreement over a new deal, then they may feel their best course of action is to cash in on him now rather than risk losing him for a reduced fee the following summer.

With Wolves and Leicester looking to establish themselves as top-half Premier League clubs, the duo are wise to start looking at top youngsters from the lower leagues before they potentially end up at the so-called top six.

Goal goes on to add that Reading will need to raise funds this summer having posted losses of over £22 million in the 2017/18 campaign, and the Royals would accept a fee in the region of £3 million for Loader.

Loader, an England U17 World Cup winner, seemingly has a huge future ahead of him.

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