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Reading ready to battle Wolves in race to land impressive 6ft 2 star

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Reading are interested in signing Portsmouth defender Matthew Clarke in this summer’s transfer window.

According to the Reading Chronicle, Royals boss Paul Clement is eyeing a move for the highly-rated centre back.

The 21-year-old made 46 appearances in all competitions for Pompey during the campaign, helping guide them to an eighth place finish in the League One table.

Clement is eager to add to his defensive line in the transfer window, after the Royals narrowly avoided relegation last season, finishing three points outside the drop zone in 20th place.

For his hard work and impressive performances during the campaign, Clarke was named Portsmouth’s player of the season at Fratton Park.

The Royals will face stiff competition to secure the signature of the young defender, as a number of clubs are thought to be interested, including Brighton and Wolves.

Matthew Clarke signed a permanent deal at Fratton Park in 2015, following a loan spell the season prior, from Ipswich Town.

The Verdict

Depending on the transfer fee, this could be a very good buy for Paul Clement’s side.

A proven talent in League One, shown by his award, could be exactly the signing the Royals need to get back on track and out of the rut they were in last season.

Despite his age, Clarke is a commanding and dominant defender, which is a must for all Championship sides, making him the perfect target for the Royals this summer.

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