Report: Hull City and Reading track Portsmouth centre-back Matt Clarke

Portsmouth Manager Kenny Jackett before a pre-season friendly match between Portsmouth and AFC Bournemouth at Fratton Park on July 22, 2017 in Portsmouth, England.

Hull City and Reading are the latest clubs to take an interest in the Portsmouth defender.

Matt Clarke of Portsmouth tries to tackle Simon Dawkins of Derby County during the Capital One Cup First Round match between Portsmouth v Derby County at Fratton Park on August 12, 2015 in...

Hull City and Reading are tracking Portsmouth defender Matt Clarke, according to the Daily Mirror [live blog entry 12:53].

Both clubs are being tipped to add to their options at centre-back ahead of Wednesday's transfer deadline, with Barnsley's Angus MacDonald - formerly of Reading - said to feature on Hull's wish list, and Aston Villa's Tommy Elphick a rumoured target for the Royals.

Lucas Akins of Burton holds off Angus MacDonald of Barnsley during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Barnsley at Pirelli Stadium on October 31, 2017 in Burton-upon-...

Clarke, however, could be the player they turn to should either of those moves fail.

The former Ipswich Town trainee first moved to Fratton Park on loan in 2015, and the transfer was made permanent a year later, as part of the deal which saw Adam Webster head in the opposite direction.

Portsmouth Manager Kenny Jackett before a pre-season friendly match between Portsmouth and AFC Bournemouth at Fratton Park on July 22, 2017 in Portsmouth, England.

Clarke was a regular as Portsmouth clinched the League Two title last season and has not missed a single minute in the league since his return to Kenny Jacket's starting 11 in early September.

Premier League sides Watford and Brighton & Hove Albion were credited with interest in the 21-year-old late last year, although a move to Reading could hold the most appeal from a geographical perspective.

Would Clarke be a good signing for Hull City / Reading?

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