Burnley's Dean Marney and Manchester United's Tyler Blackett
The United academy product came through the youth ranks at Old Trafford and started to feature for the first-team under boss Jose Mourinho’s predecessor Louis Van Gaal.
Despite showing promise, Blackett then had a loan move at Scottish Premiership champions Celtic but failed to make much of an impact at Celtic Park, starting only a handful of games.
Aberdeen's Adam Rooney in action with Tyler Blackett
He has since struggled to make headways at United and new boss Mourinho is said to be happy to let the defender leave this summer, prompting speculaton over his future.
A former United defender, Jaap Stam, took over the Reading post following the departure of Brian McDermott and is making swift changes at the Madejski Stadium in terms of playing style and personnel.
However, following the 4-1 midweek defeat to Newcastle United, Stam is now in the market for a new central defender before the transfer deadline and has seemingly identified Blackett as a target.
The report doesn’t go in to detail as to whether it will be a season-long loan deal of permanent transfer, though the clubs are said to be close to a deal with Blackett set to move to Berkshire.
The 22-year-old made 12 appearances in all competitons with the Red Devils and also had spells on loan at Blackpool and Birmingham City.
Reading manager Jaap Stam