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Reading FC eyeing up deal for player from play-off hopefuls

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Hull City and Reading are considering swoops for Portsmouth defender Matthew Clarke, according to reports in The Daily Mirror.

The newspaper reported via its live blog at 12:53 that the Championship duo had been keeping tabs on the 21-year-old, who has made an impressive twenty-nine appearances for the south coast club following their promotion to the third tier last season.

Clarke began his career with Ipswich Town, spending a season-long loan deal with Pompey before joining them on a permanent basis in 2016, and has established himself as one of the first names on manager Kenny Jackett’s team sheet.

Hull and Reading are both struggling towards the foot of the Championship table, with The Mirror suggesting both have identified the player as a potential addition in the closing stages of the winter transfer market.

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Clarke has impressed for Portsmouth since joining them on a permanent basis in 2016, helping the club to promotion and a playoff push in their first year at the higher level.

Both Hull and Reading are in serious need of reinforcements, and a move for young fullback Clarke would add depth and quality to each of their respective back lines.

Clarke looks destined to play at the higher level having impressed in both the third and fourth tiers at such a young age, and he could realise his dream of playing in the Championship sooner rather than later.

Hull and Reading fans, let us know your thoughts!

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