Reading have opened negotiations with Tadcaster Albion winger Billy Whitehouse, according to the Reading Chronicle.

The Championship side have been tracking the 22-year-old over recent months and are hoping to tie up a deal for him in the January transfer window. Premier League outfit Leicester City are also being linked with him.

Whitehouse has caught the eye playing in the Northern Premier League for Tadcaster Albion and has scored 17 goals in 25 appearances for the Brewers.

The Mexborough-born winger started his career at Doncaster Rovers and rose through the youth ranks at the Keepmoat Stadium. He had a loan spell at FC Halifax Town as a youngster. He made his first-team debut for Doncaster in an EFL Cup game against Burton Albion in October 2014.

Whitehouse went make 20 appearances for Doncaster before he left to join Leeds United in August 2016. He signed a one-year deal with the Elland Road and linked up with their development squad.

He was loaned out to National League side Guiseley in September 2016 and played just once for them before returning to Leeds. Whitehouse made his first and only first-team appearance for the Whites in an FA Cup defeat away to Sutton United in January 2017.

Whitehouse then dropped into non-league to join Tadcaster after being released by Leeds in December 2017. The move has worked out for him and he now looks to be working his way back up the football pyramid.

Reading will be hoping to see off interest from Leicester and wrap up a deal for Whitehouse in January.


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