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Reading hoping to beat Leeds United to the signing of speedy defender



Reading have joined Leeds United in the race to sign Andy Yiadom, according to a report by HITC Sport.

Yiadom is set to leave Barnsley on a free transfer this summer after refusing to sign a new contract at Oakwell and he has been attracting interest from both Reading and Leeds.

Leeds manager Paul Heckingbottom is hoping to bring the pacey right-back to the club with Luke Ayling suffering some injury concerns and Gaetano Berardi’s discipline becoming an increasing problem.

Heckingbottom knows Yiadom from their time together at Barnsley and wants a reunion with the defender who tried to force through a move to the Premier League last summer.

The 26-year-old will soon become a free agent, meaning he is available to move clubs without commanding a transfer fee.

But the Whites face competition from Reading, now, with Paul Clement eyeing the Ghana international.

Clement is hoping that Yiadom will rival Chris Gunter for the right-back spot, having played 66 games in the last two seasons for the Tykes.

Swansea, who were interested in the former Braintree Town and Barnet player last summer, are set to revive their interest after dropping down a division.

The Swans are hoping to fend off competition from Leeds and Reading to land Yiadom for their Championship campaign.

The Verdict

I am not sure that Leeds really need Yiadom with Ayling and Berardi competing with Lewie Coyle (who returns from a loan spell at Fleetwood Town) for the right-back spot.

Although he can also play as a right-winger, Leeds could definitely use their funds elsewhere rather than strengthening there.

Reading, however, might find him useful with Gunter coming in for some criticism from Royals fans recently while Swansea need a long-term Angel Rangel replacement.

Leeds and Reading fans – Would you like to sign Yiadom? Let us know below…