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Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers can snap up Danny Loader for free from today onwards with the Reading youngster rejecting a new contract at the Madejski, according to GetReading.

Cast your minds back to August 2019 and the final day of the summer transfer window.

At the time, Loader seemed only a matter of minutes away from being unveiled in Old Gold with Wolves agreeing terms with one of the Championship’s most highly-rated prospects.

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At the eleventh hour, however, Reading got cold feet and backed out of a deal.

But karma is about to strike with the Royals set to lose their prized asset for absolutely nothing, 10 months after they decided against accepting a multi-million transfer fee.

Wolves are back in the race, according to Sky, while Leeds and Crystal Palace have emerged as contenders for Nuno Espirito Santo’s long-term transfer target (Mail).

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And it looks for all the world that Loader, who was handed his debut by Jaap Stam as a precocious 16-year-old, has now played his final game in Reading’s blue and white shirt.

Reports from Berkshire say that the England U20 international will leave the Madejski today after eight years, having rejected the chance to sign a short-term contract extension until the end of the Championship season.

But will Wolves finally get their man after a year of trying?

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