Report: Fulham and Reading seek loan deal for Stoke City outcast Steve Sidwell

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Reading and Fulham have been linked with Stoke City’s Steve Sidwell.

According to a report in the Mirror, Stoke City midfielder Steve Sidwell has become a loan target for two of his former clubs - Reading and Fulham.

The 33-year-old is currently out of favour at the Britannia Stadium, having not made a Premier League appearance for Mark Hughes’ side since August.

With the Potters seemingly happy for him to leave, Sidwell’s experience and know-how of the top two divisions make him a desirable target for a number of Championship clubs.

As per the report in the Mirror, Reading and Fulham are leading the way for his signature.

"Stoke outcast Steve Sidwell is a loan target for old clubs Fulham and Reading. Sidwell, 33, has not featured for Stoke in the Premier League since August and is free to move," the report reads.

Sidwell only left Fulham two years ago to join Stoke yet the club’s new manager Slavisa Jokanovic is said to want him back at Craven Cottage in a surprise turn of events.

The former Chelsea star’s other reported suitors, Reading, know all about the midfielder’s capabilities as he enjoyed plenty of success during his time at the Madejski Stadium.

Boss Brian McDermott is on the lookout for a new holding midfielder to compete with Stephen Quinn and Danny Williams and Sidwell represents a decent short-term option.

Both Championship clubs are looking to climb the table and challenge for the top six but, in order to do so, a few additions are needed as a lack of real quality is apparent in key areas.

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