Manchester United are reportedly eyeing a move for Reading forward Danny Loader.
Sky Sports report United are considering a January move for the youngster before his contract runs down in June.
There is reportedly competition for Loader’s signature, with Wolves said to have held interest in the summer.
Here are five facts about the potential United addition…
- Danny Loader is 19-year-old and plays as a striker. He has four first team appearances for Reading this season. In total he has 29, and just the one goal. One of these appearances came in Reading’s FA Cup defeat against United in January.
- Loader has represented England at youth level from under-16 to under-20 level. He scored four times for the under-19s, but is yet to net for the under-20s in seven games. He was part of England’s under-17 World Cup winning side.
- He has 18 goals at under-23 level in 36 games, including a hat-trick against Villa earlier this season. When he came up against Manchester United, our under-23 defence shut him out in a 2-0 victory back in August.
- Wolves came close to sealing up a move for Loader on deadline day, even booking a medical, the Express and Star reported, before Reading increased their asking price.
- His brother Ben Loader is a professional rugby player with London Irish.
Forgive us if we are not getting too excited about this one. Loader would be an underwhelming addition and it is hard to see where he fits in.
Loader won’t be accepted as a Romelu Lukaku replacement by any stretch, and United will still have to sign an additional top class striker.
He will probably be behind Mason Greenwood in the United pecking order too, so he could be fifth or sixth choice.
At 19, he still has time to develop, but he will have to get up to speed quickly. His record is hardly prolific.
United had success buying Dan James from the Championship in the summer, and it makes sense the club would continue to look for bargains.
But Loader is not making an impression for Reading yet and it is a stretch to suggest he could impact United any time soon.
As a low cost addition, this would be a move which would be seen as a cheap Glazer move, when a big money striker is needed.
That might not be fair on Loader, but his transfer could be a step too far and come to symbolise United’s rising debt and inability to sign truly world class players.
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