Derby County, Watford and Bournemouth are queuing up to sign Jordan Obita after the defender left Championship rivals Reading, according to The Sun (25 September, page 55).
The former England youth star may have been without a club since his Royals contract expired in July but don’t expect him to be stuck in the free-agent pool for much longer.
Interest has been a long time coming but, suddenly, Obita has offers on the table from some of the most ambitious clubs in the second tier.
The Sun reports a Derby side that recently lost first-choice left-back Max Lowe to Sheffield United has identified the one-time Tottenham Hotspur youngster as a potential replacement.
Scott Malone has left Pride Park too, for Millwall, while 31-year-old Craig Forsyth lacks the athleticism to truly shine as a full-back at Championship level.
Watford, meanwhile, have been scouring the market for left-backs all summer after veteran Greek international Jose Holebas departed Vicarage Road.
With deals for the likes of Dimitris Giannoulis failing to materialise and Hassan Kamara moving to Nice instead, the Hornets have turned their focus to a tried and trusted Football League defender.
Obita overcame a “horrific couple of years” ruined by injury – in the words of ex-Reading coach Mark Bowen – to produce three goals and three assists in the Championship during his final season at the Madejski.
“When I look at him I think ‘what a hell of a lot of character he’s got’,” Bowen said of the versatile left sider.