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Report: Leeds eye Reading's Jaap Stam to replace Thomas Christiansen

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United are reportedly interested in Jaap Stam.

Reading manager Jaap Stam before the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Fulham at Madejski Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Reading, England.

According to the Daily Mail, Leeds United are expected to be interested in landing Reading manager Jaap Stam as their new boss.

The Whites sacked manager Thomas Christiansen on Sunday evening after a 4-1 home defeat to Cardiff City, after winning 43% of his games in his eight months at Elland Road.

Owner Andrea Radrizzani must now search for a new boss, and it's claimed that Leeds could make a new move for Reading boss Jaap Stam, having failed to land him over the summer.

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen leaves the field during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Leeds United at Portman Road on January 13, 2018 in Ipswich,...

It's claimed that the Dutchman is set to be sacked by Reading after a dismal season so far, but Leeds could still look to make a move to land Stam if he becomes available as Radrizzani chases a long-term target.

A risk worth taking?

After guiding Reading to the Championship play-off final last season, Stam's stock was incredibly high, having brought an attractive brand of football, inspired by Ajax, to the Madejski Stadium.

Jaap Stam, Manager of Reading looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Second Leg match between Reading and Fulham at Madejski Stadium on May 16, 2017 in Reading, England.

However, the Royals have struggled under Stam this season, and sit just six points clear of the Championship relegation zone, with Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Millwall potentially Stam's final match in charge of the club.

That means that Leeds could be taking a huge gamble by appointing Stam, who had one good season with Reading but has since struggled to kick on, with his side regressing dramatically so far this season.

Stam being a former Manchester United defender won't exactly endear him to the Leeds faithful, and with a patchy record this term as Reading fans plead for his exit, Stam may be too much of a risk for Leeds right now.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

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