Reading have joined the race to sign Derry City winger Ronan Curtis, according to the Derry Journal.

The 22-year-old is due to fly to the England today to discuss a move to League One side Portmsouth but Reading are keen to sign him now as well.

Curtis, who is a Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, has been in impressive form for Derry City in the League of Ireland Premier Division and is looking likely to be rewarded with a move to the English Football League.

Portsmouth are in pole position to land the winger but will now have to face late competition from Championship side Reading. Their manager, Paul Clement, is looking for potential summer targets as he looks to put his own stamp on his Royals’ side ahead of next season.

Ronan Curtis joined Derry City’s youth team in 2014 having previously played for Ulster side Swilly Rovers. He broke into the Derry first-team in March 2015 and has been a regular for them ever since. He is being tipped for a big future in the game in Ireland.

He can play as either a winger or a striker and Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett is believed to have kept a keen eye on his progress this season. He will be hoping that Pompey can see off interest from Reading and sign him over the coming weeks.

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