Southampton are in the race to sign Reading striker Danny Loader, who has been eyed by Arsenal, Chelsea and Juventus in recent times.
According to claims from Goal, the Saints are among a host of clubs who have established an interest in signing the youngster, who could leave the Madejski Stadium for a fee worth approximately £3 million this summer.
Loader has only one year remaining on his current contract with the Royals, prompting fears that he could be on his way out of the club.
The 18-year-old enjoyed a strong breakthrough season as he emerged from Reading’s youth ranks. He made 22 Championship appearances and impressed as Jose Gomes’s side avoided relegation to League One.
Loader is attracting attention from Premier League sides Southampton, Arsenal, Chelsea, Wolves and Leicester City, according to Goal, but interest from abroad is gathering.
Serie A champions Juventus are keen, while Ligue 1 pair Rennes and Lille are interested. Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach have also been linked with the Reading academy graduate.
Four reasons why Loader could favour a move to Southampton
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is a fantastic coach of young players, and this may appeal to the Reading forward.
Southampton boast a reputation for developing youngsters and helping them to flourish.
Loader would likely receive more first-team opportunities at Southampton in comparison to the other clubs who have been linked.
Southampton’s issues in the final third have been well documented. He may be 18, but Loader would fancy his chances of breaking into the first-team picture.