According to Football Insider, a trio of Premier League clubs are monitoring the situation of Lewis Ward, the Reading FC goalkeeper, who is currently impressing away from the Madejski Stadium on-loan.
Ward is yet to make a senior appearance for Reading, but is attracting interest from a host of Premier League clubs, including Everton, Southampton and Stoke City, who have been alerted to the goalkeeper’s quality during his loan spell with Aldershot Town.
Reading announced last month that the 20-year-old would be leaving the Madejski Stadium on-loan, linking up with National League outfit, Aldershot, on a temporary basis.
The goalkeeper has made five appearances for his new employers so far, keeping four clean sheets in his last four appearances, helping Aldershot up to fourth in the National League table and within two points of league leaders, Sutton United.
Ward is out of contract with Reading next summer, with the Sky Bet Championship club running the risk of losing the goalkeeper for just compensation money if any of the interested Premier League clubs step up their respective interest.
Whilst Ward is impressing on-loan at Aldershot, Jaap Stam’s Reading picked up their fourth victory in seven Championship fixtures on Saturday, sweeping aside Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Ward’s impact at Aldershot has been impressive, and has further enhanced the youngster’s reputation as one of English football’s best young goalkeepers.
Premier League interest is hardly surprising, and Reading may now move to hand the goalkeeper fresh terms at the Madejski in a bid to warn off any top-flight interest.
Of the linked Premier League clubs, it is hard to see where Ward could earn a first-team break, with his development probably best served with Reading in the Championship.
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