Reading manager Brian McDermott is hoping to conclude a deal for Stoke City defender Andy Griffin.
The 31-year-old full-back enjoyed a four-month loan spell with The Royals this season after making 21 Championship appearances.
McDermott is now hoping to bring Griffin to The Madejski Stadium permanently, but is not counting his chickens that the deal is a formality.
"We are talking to Andy Griffin and Stoke," he told the Reading Chronicle.
"We'd really like to do something on that one if we can and we'll see what happens.
"All I'll say is Andy is very, very important to us."