Versatile Aston Villa defender Leandro Bacuna is reportedly on the verge of making a switch to Reading according to a report from the Reading Chronicle.
The 25-year-old, who can play as a right back or on the right-hand side of midfield, started his career at his home town club Groningen where he was born.
However the Curacao international, who he is eligible to represent due to both of his parents, then eventually made the step up to the senior team in 2009 aged 18, and scored 14 goals in 109 appearances for ‘The Pride of the North’, before moving to then Premier League side Aston Villa in 2013.
Bacuna impressed in his debut season, scoring five in 38 appearances, but since then has struggled to make the starting XI on a consistent basis, and now looks set to move on, with ‘The Villans’ manager Steve Bruce confirming that he is likely to leave the club in an interview he gave with the BBC after the clubs Carabao cup victory over Colchester United.
And the destination for the former Dutch youth international seems to be Jaap Stam’s Reading, as the club are reportedly in talks with Bacuna according to the Reading Chronicle report.
Last season Reading came very close to promotion, losing to Huddersfield on penalties in the play-off final, and will look to go one better this season.
Although competition is just as strong this year, ‘The Royals’ boss will believe he can take the club as far as he did in his debut season, and a signing like Bacuna, who has Championship experience, and is versatile could help dramatically.