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Veljko Paunovic’s Reading are among a host of Championship sides keeping tabs on Lincoln City’s attacking midfielder Jorge Grant, as per TEAMTalk.
The 25-year-old is enjoying a productive season so far for Michael Appleton’s side, having scored six goals and provided two assists for the Imps so far this season.
The former Nottingham Forest man is wanted by Forest, Brentford, Norwich and Swansea City as the chase to sign him up intensifies as the January transfer window fast approaches.
So, in-terms of the Royals’ interest, would he be a good addition to Paunovic’s side? Is he needed?
The team here at FLW take a look….
Do they need another central midfielder?
Reading already have some strong options in midfield with Andy Rinomhota and Josh Laurent being their main options in the centre of the park.
I find it highly unlikely that he’d be a regular starter in Veljko Paunovic’s side if he signed for the Royals, so it doesn’t seem like a deal that would make much sense for both parties involved.
Grant is more than good enough to be playing his football in the Championship though, and I would be surprised to see him making the move to the second-tier in the near future.
He’s really impressed me with Lincoln City, and would be more than deserving of a move in the January transfer window.
This would be an interesting signing.
Grant has been highly-rated for some time but he hasn’t consistently delivered until recently but he clearly has a lot of talent.
As for Reading, they’ve enjoyed a brilliant start to the season but the major concern is a lack of depth behind the first XI. So, they need to make a few new signings and Grant would appear to fit the bill and ensure they have more quality in the squad.
The obvious stumbling block is that Lincoln won’t want to sell as they push for promotion but with the Royals looking to go to the Premier League, the player may be keen on the switch.
It’s one we shouldn’t rule out from happening and it could be a shrewd move by the Championship leaders.
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The signing of Grant would be an excellent piece of business for any Championship club – but more so Reading, whose midfielders are finding goals extremely hard to come by.
Michael Olise is the only Royals midfielder to find the net more than once, so Grant would be a welcome addition, especially with the influential John Swift facing a long spell on the sidelines.
Reading would have to fight off a number of Championship rivals that would be ahead of them in the pecking order, but it’s a deal they should be pushing for when January arrives.