Reading are eyeing up a move for Portsmouth defender Matt Clarke, according to the Reading Chronicle.

The Royals are keen to bolster their defence this summer ahead of another season in the Championship and have already secured the signing of full-back Andy Yiadom from Barnsley on a free transfer.

Their manager, Paul Clement, is now looking to further add to his squad with the potential signing of Matt Clarke from League One side Portsmouth. The 21-year-old is highly rated by Pompey and will be a man in demand this summer.

Clarke has played 46 games for Portsmouth in competitions this season. He signed a new contract at Fratton Park in February until 2020. However, this has not stopped clubs like Reading targeting a move for him.

He started his career at Ipswich Town and rose through the youth ranks at Portman Road. He made his debut for them in August 2014 in a League Cup tie against Crawley Town. He was then loaned out to Portsmouth for the 2015/16 season.

Clarke played 33 times for Pompey in League Two during his loan spell and did enough to earn a permanent move to the them in the summer of 2016 in a swap deal involving Adam Webster. He helped Portsmouth gain promotion to League One in 2017 and has since become a key player for Kenny Jackett’s side.

Matt Clarke has a big future ahead of him and would be a very astute signing by Paul Clement for Reading.


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