EXCLUSIVE: Leicester lead West Ham, Newcastle as Reading duo catch eye

Sam Gallagher, Liam Moore

Reading’s brilliant start to the new season has not gone unnoticed and a number of their players, such as captain Liam Moore, are attracting Premier League interest.

With the January window set to open in just 69 days, Premier League sides are starting to formulate their plans.

And TEAMtalk can reveal it is the Royals’ defenders who are garnering the most interest.

Captain Moore has been brilliant, helping them to five clean sheets from their six matches played. A number of top-flight clubs are now looking at bringing him back to the top-flight following his stint with Leicester City.

We understand that Leicester are considering a shock approach for their former star, who came through the youth system. Moore is now seen as one of the best defenders outside the top-flight and Brendan Rodgers is considering an approach.

Wolves, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Newcastle are all also keeping close tabs on Moore, 27.


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Omar Richards interest

Another who is attracting major attention is left-back Omar Richards, who is out-of-contract next summer.

Reading are looking to tie him down to a new long-term deal. They hope the homegrown product could be persuaded to sign – but there is now strong Premier League interest in the England U21 international.

The 22-year-old has been one of the Championship’s stand-out performers. We understand half-a-dozen Premier League clubs have watched him in the last couple of weeks ahead of a prospective bid in January.