Reading and Bristol City are competing for the signature of Barnsley winger Adam Hammill, according to the Sun.
Hammill is out of contract at Oakwell this summer, but could yet fire the Tykes to promotion back to the Championship.
The 28-year-old, who came through the ranks at Liverpool, has rebuilt his career in South Yorkshire and recently starred as Barnsley lifted the Football League Trophy at Wembley.
His seven goals and six assists are said to have alerted the Championship pair to his signature and City could hold the upper hand, with manager Lee Johnson responsible for bringing Hammill back to Oakwell earlier in the campaign.
The Robins may struggle to keep loan star Lee Tomlin this summer and that could lead Johnson back to Hammill.
But Reading may also be in need, with Wales winger Hal Robson-Kanu set to depart on a free transfer and another wide man, Ola John, due to return to Benfica when his loan expires.
Hammill impressed during his first spell at Barnsley, prompting a move to the Premier League with Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2011.
However, the former England Under-21 star struggled at Molineux and endured difficult loan spells at Middlesbrough, Huddersfield and Rotherham.