With every game that goes by, Omar Richards seems to add to his growing reputation.
And with Premier League clubs already sniffing around the Madejski Stadium, it’s no wonder Reading supporters are desperate to see their rapidly rising left-back put pen to paper on a new contract before it’s too late.
The fact Richards will be a free agent on 1 July is no secret.
And while Reading are desperate to see the former England U21 international stay, tying him to a long-term deal may be easier said than done.
Talks are hardly at an advanced stage and, according to the Chronicle, West Ham United and Crystal Palace are smelling blood.
The Hammers and the Eagles have both made a concerted effort to sign exciting home-grown talent from the Championship this year. That means 22-year-old Richards is a prime candidate to follow in the footsteps of Eberechi Eze, Nathan Ferguson, Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma.
The Lewisham-born defender made a rare mistake during Tuesday’s 4-2 win at Blackburn Rovers, leaving the electrifying Adam Armstrong free to score yet another goal.
But the way he responded to that rare lapse in concentration, producing a performance of effort and endeavour as table-topping Reading moved seven points clear, showed why he’s in high demand.
Here’s what some Reading fans had to say about the situation: