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West Ham man on the list: 5 players that Reading should submit enquiries for next week

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Jose Gomes will be looking to strengthen his squad in the near future at Reading as he looks to save them from potential relegation this season. 

The Royals are currently sat 23rd in the Championship table, so it’s certainly will be a tough ask for the Portuguese boss who isn’t proven in English football.

Gomes has already wasted no time in making new additions to his squad, having already confirmed the signing of Ovie Ejaria and Lewis Baker on loan for the remainder of the season.

It seems as though the Reading boss is looking for players who are comfortable on the ball to suit his possession based style of football, which has been pleasing to watch in recent weeks.

It’s sure to be a potentially season defining transfer window for the Royals, and if they get it wrong, then they could be facing relegation to League One by May.

But who should Jose Gomes be looking at signing in the near future?

Find out below….

Nelson Oliveira

Norwich’s forgotten man certainly has a point to prove in English football.

Oliveira hasn’t featured for the Canaries since they were thrashed by Sheffield Wednesday on the final day of last season, and his discipline issues are evidently keeping him out of the Norwich side this season.

Jose Gomes could be the man to solve those problems though, and if he can get Oliveira firing in the Championship again, then Reading will have no fears of being relegated.

Fraser Forster

Forster has fallen down the pecking order at Southampton this season due to the emergence of Alex McCarthy and Angus Gunn, which will be frustrating for the shot-stopper.

The former England goalkeeper is far too good of an option to be warming the substitutes bench, and Reading could definitely benefit from having a shot-stopper of Forster’s quality in goal for them for the remainder of the season.

Dominic Iorfa

The 23-year-old spent last season on loan with Ipswich Town, and his future surely lies elsewhere from Wolves.

The versatile defender is yet to make an appearance for the Premier League side this season, and his long-term future is likely to lie elsewhere.

He would be the ideal player to have in the Reading squad, and could potentially replace Tiago Ilori if he is to depart for Sporting Lisbon. 

Reece Oxford

The West Ham youngster has previously played for Reading in a loan spell, and they should certainly be looking to loan him in again this season.

Oxford has played a single minute of action for the Hammers first-team in this year’s campaign, and is far too good of an option to have just sat in the under 23’s side.

He can play at centre-back or in the CDM role and would be an excellent player to rely upon for Gomes’ side.

Leon Clarke

This might seem like an audacious potential deal, but it makes sense for both parties involved.

Clarke has fallen down the pecking order at Sheffield United and has been unlucky with his lack of playing time this season in Chris Wilder’s side.

The arrival of Gary Madine is likely to push him further down the pecking order, and Reading could certainly benefit from signing a striker of his calibre.

Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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