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24-year-old set for Reading FC exit door after latest update emerges

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Reading have told goalkeeper Luke Southwood that he is surplus to requirements, as per Football Insider.

According to their report, the Royals have informed the 24-year-old that he is free to find a new club ahead of the summer.

This update comes despite the departures of Orjan Nyland and James Holden from the club this summer.

There is one condition to Southwood’s exit, though. The right price must be met for the 24-year-old, with one year remaining on his current Royals deal.

That should not be a problem, though, with Football Insider reporting that the news that Southwood is available this summer is likely to spark transfer interest from a number of clubs when the transfer window arrives.

It was a campaign of two halves for the Northern Irish international goalkeeper in 2021/22.

Early on in the season, he was given the nod as the Royals’ number one goalkeeper, but could only keep his place until February, when Arsenal loanee Karl Hein was the preferred option.

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Southwood briefly regained his place at the end of February through early March, but was once again displaced, this time by the now departing Orjan Nyland.

In total, the 24-year-old has made 30 appearances for Reading during his time with the club.

The Verdict

Paul Ince is set to ring the changes at Reading this summer after taking over as boss and steering the side to Championship survival.

As such, if he does not fancy Luke Southwood as his number one goalkeeper, it is perhaps the right decision to cash in on him and allow him to move on.

However, given that Reading are set to lose two goalkeepers already this summer, that leaves major recruitment in that area needing to be done in the transfer window.

You would think the club would be best to wait until further arrivals before allowing Southwood to leave, but the Football Insider report makes no mention of this.

It will be fascinating to see how this one develops as the transfer window approaches.


BJTC accredited MA Multimedia Journalism graduate. Freelance Football Writer for FLW.

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