Reading are working on a deal to sign midfielder John Swift.
The England Under-21 international is a free agent having come to the end of his contract with Chelsea.
Several Championship clubs are looking to snap up the 21-year-old and getreading understands Royals are firmly in the race for his signature.
The attacking midfielder spent last season on loan at Brentford, scoring seven goals in 28 games for the Bees.
Swift, who can also operate on the left side of a front three, has been with Chelsea since 2007 and has progressed through the youth ranks at Stamford Bridge.