Contract negotiations between Reading and Tyler Blackett have ‘stalled’ amid interest from Turkish clubs, according to the Reading Chronicle.
The 25-year-old is out of contract at the Madejski in the summer but was offered a new two-and-a-half year deal by Mark Bowen earlier this month.
Though Blackett, a product of the Manchester United academy, wants the club to ‘match or better’ the offers that he’s received from several Turkish sides.
He’s made over 100 appearances for Reading since joining in August 2016, and has represented England at U16, 17, 18, 19 and 21 level.
Blackett has endured a lot of time on the sidelines this season. He’s already missed large parts of the campaign and has subsequently only played ten times in the Championship.
Large spells have been spent on the bench as well, with the likes of Omar Richards coming into the side, and Michael Morrison, Liam Moore and Matt Miazga all sharing the centre-back spots.
He’s been a rotational player under Bowen, but Blackett is still a fairly young player and he’ll want to be playing regular first-team football, rather than this bit-part role at Reading.
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Reading want to keep him at the club though and do not want to risk losing him for nothing in the summer.
Both parties are in a difficult position here – Blackett understandably wanting a better deal to sit on the bench at Reading, and the club themselves not wanting to release him in the summer.
There’s still two weeks of the window left though, and Blackett will have to decide whether he wants to wait around for the club to better their offer, or set sail for Turkey.