Reading manager Mark Bowen has confirmed that a contract offer has been made to young forward Danny Loader ahead of their clash with Derby County this weekend, reports BerkshireLive.
The 19-year-old has progressed through the ranks with Reading and has already made 31 appearances for their senior squad.
Being out of contract next summer, this attempt looks like it could be the last chance they have of the England youth international penning a new contract that will keep him at The Madejski Stadium past 2020.
The youngster was set for a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer but that never came off.
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However, the striker is still subject to interest from the Premier League, as Wolves and Manchester United look keen to go head-to-head for the talented teen.
Bowen said: “An offer has been put in front of him (by Reading).
“Him, his family and his advisors are considering it.”
Since being appointed Reading manager in October, Bowen has been wanting to tie one of the Royals’ more promising players down to a contract, and it now looks as if there has been a key breakthrough in contract negotiations.
Loader is a talented teen and Reading are completely within their right to keep him around for longer, but their contract offer may seem futile if he isn’t given the game time that he warrants.
The teenager has only made eight appearances this season, and he will be hoping that Bowen gives him more of a chance to shine if he decides to put pen to paper.