Reading are poised to win the race to sign Manchester City youngster George Evans, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.
Evans was recalled early by City from his loan at Walsall last weekend, just five days after the midfielder extended his stay with Walsall.
The 21-year-old has represented City at every age level since joining the club at the age of five and he made his senior debut Capital One Cup this season against Sunderland.
Evans joined Walsall in October and he impressed during his loan spell at the Bescot Stadium, scoring four goals in 16 games.
Evans' form at Walsall has not gone unnoticed by clubs higher up the football pyramid with several Championship clubs expressing an interest in his services.
The likes of Brentford, Burnley and Wolverhampton Wanderers have all been credited with an interest in Evans, but Reading are in pole position to land the versatile performer with Brian McDermott keen to bolster his squad before the close of this month's transfer window.
Evans' deal at City is due to expire at the end of this season and although the midfielder is highly-regarded at the Etihad Stadium the club are willing to let him move on as he is unlikely to break into City's star-studded first-team.