Powers has been on trial with Reading since the start of November following the end of the 2015 MLS regular season, and he has so far done his chances of sealing a permanent switch to the Championship side no harm whatsoever.
The 24-year-old American, who hold an Italian passport, has already had his initial two-week spell extended, and while he is due to return to the States at the end of this week, Clarke hinted that it might not be long before he returns to the Madejski Stadium on a full-time basis.
“Dillon is still with us,” Clarke told Get Reading. “He’ll work with us for the next few days and then will probably go back at the end of the week.
“He’s done well. I think he’s enjoyed it and we’ve enjoyed having him so it’s something that we can look at in January.
“Obviously there are a lot of discussions to come between now and then, but he hasn’t done himself any harm.”
What could Powers offer Reading?
Powers began his professional career with the Rapids after being drafted out of Notre Dame with the with the 11th overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft and has since established himself as one of the league’s most promising homegrown stars.
The former US Under-20 international, who won the 2013 Rookie of the Year award ahead of now Tottenham Hotspur defender DeAndre Yedlin, was considered more of a defensive-minded prospect coming out of college, but he has instead developed into an all-round midfielder who combines pace and power with impressive ball skills.
Despite playing for one of league’s recent strugglers, the Texas-born playmaker has still managed to record 13 goals and 21 assists in 92 regular season appearances since entering MLS, while has also been tipped to earn a first senior international call-up in the future.
Blessed with a deadly shot and deft touch for a physically robust player, there were reports back in April that his exploits had attracted interest from Serie A clubs Atalanta and Palermo [h/t MLSSoccer.com], but nothing has since materialised on that end.
He would certainly make an excellent midfield partner for compatriot Danny Williams in the heart of the Reading line-up, and with the potential to grow into a Premier League talent, is the kind of low risk, high reward signing that could prove to be a stroke of genius in the long run.
He may not be the only MLS star to join the Royals in January either, as LA Galaxy striker Gyasi Zardes is also known to be on the club’s radar after Steve Clarke admitted his interest in the US international earlier this week.
However, while the 24-year-old forward reportedly carries a price tag of around £2 million, Powers is likely to come somewhat cheaper.