Reading have priced prize defender Liam Moore at £15m amid heavy speculation linking him with a move to Brighton and Hove Albion, The Reading Chronicle reports.
Brighton want to snap up Moore in this summer transfer window but Reading will not entertain any offers south of £15m.
The Royals are not under pressure to sell their key man – who won the Player of the Year accolade – as he has three years left to run on his current contract at The Madejski Stadium.
But Brighton are keen to land the 25-year-old, who has established himself as one of the finest centre-backs in the division despite Reading’s struggles last season.
The Seagulls currently have an established pairing of Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk and they have also signed Nigeria international Leon Balogun this summer but Chris Hughton wants yet another central defender.
Brighton have been linked with Ezri Konsa but they have also been chasing Moore.
The former England under-21 international has been a transfer priority for the Premier League side, who have also reportedly offered striker Sam Baldock as a makeweight in the deal.
If Moore does leave, Reading are expected to move for Portsmouth’s young centre-half Matt Clarke, who is attracting plenty of interest from other clubs too.
Moore would be a great long-term investment for Brighton but I don’t think they will splash £15m on a player that they do not imminently need.
This is a wise move by Reading; they are not forced to sell and they do not want to lose their prize asset on the cheap.
Moore is so integral to Reading’s defence and he would be tough to replace, although Portsmouth’s Clarke is showing signs that he could become a top defender at Championship level soon.
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