Newcastle United and Bournemouth are among a host of Premier League clubs believed to be eyeing a move for Reading and CONCACAF Gold Cup star Garath McCleary, according to ESPN FC. The two clubs are joined by West Brom and Watford, who are also weighing up moves for the Jamaica international as they look to bolster their attacking options.
Despite enduring a frustrating six months on the sidelines last year, after he played the final two months of the 2013-14 season with a broken back and was forced to undergo surgery, the 28-year-old has been in captivating form for his country this summer. Scoring on two occasions at the Gold Cup, his performances have catalysed Jamaica's path to the tournament quarter-final stage.
As is often the case, McCleary's displays at international level have attracted the attention of a number of Premier League sides, several of which - reports suggest - have been long-term admirers of his ability. The midfielder's dribbling ability and creative nous are the key attractions to his game, both of which would be welcome attributes to the likes of Newcastle, West Brom and newly promoted Bournemouth & Watford.
The 28-year-old ended the season having made 26 league appearances for the Royals last season, scoring on one occasion and contributing with 48 key passes (including four assists). The previous campaign also saw him succeed in 50% of his 82 attempted take-ons.