Reading trialist Dillon Powers impressing Steve Clarke

The Colorado Rapids midfielder has been training with the Championship club since the second week of November and has now had his spell extended until the end of the month.

After spending the past fortnight on trial at Reading, the chances of Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers securing a permanent move to the Madjeski Stadium appear to have received a big boost.

The 24-year-old American has now had his spell with the Royals extended for another week and manager Steve Clarke has confirmed that the club will take the time to weigh up whether to pursue his signature in the winter transfer window.

Speaking to Get Reading about the former US Under-20 international, who won the 2013 MLS Rookie of the Year award ahead of Sunderland’s Tottenham Hotspur loanee DeAndre Yedlin, Clarke said: Dillon has come over from the MLS and is working with us. He will stay with us for another week. MLS is out of season as his team didn’t qualify for the play-offs, so he’s working with the rest of the group and I know he’s enjoying it.

“But it will be a decision for January. It can’t be done until then so we’ll continue to look at Dillon in training. So far he’s done well. He’s a talented midfielder.”

Powers, who holds an Italian passport, began his professional career at the Rapids after being drafted out of Notre Dame with the 11th overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft and has since established himself as one of the league’s top up-and-coming stars.

Considered more of a defensive midfield prospect coming out of college, the Texas native has since transformed into a game-changing talisman, recording 13 goals and 21 assists in 92 regular season appearances, while even receiving support for a first US national team call-up.

The youngest player ever to captain Colorado, the versatile playmaker was one of few bright spots for Pablo Mastroeni’s side in 2015, as a lacklustre campaign saw them finish bottom of the Western Conference with just 37 points from 34 games.

Now keen to further his career across the Atlantic, Rapids vice president of soccer operations Paul Bravo admitted earlier this month that the club are “open-minded” about letting their star man move on this winter if the right offer comes in.

"He's a very sharp young man, he has everything thought through,” Bravo told the Denver Post. "It would be very difficult for us [to sell him], but we have to remain open-minded with anything and everything that we feel can help us get the results we need next year."

Powers is not the only MLS player reportedly on Reading’s radar either, as LA Galaxy striker Gyasi Zardes is also said to be a potential winter transfer target for the Berkshire outfit [h/t Get Reading].

Galaxy president Chris Klein revealed last week that the 24-year-old striker has been the subject of overseas interest, while Sports Ilustrated’s Grant Wahl has even claimed that an unnamed Championship side have lodged a $3 million [£1.97 million] bid for his signature.

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