Sky Sports sources understand Reading are set to seal a deal for Brentford defender Karleigh Osborne.
The centre-back will be out of contract at Griffin Park at the end of the season and is consequently set to make a January move to the Madejski Stadium.
Brentford boss Uwe Rosler last week claimed Osborne had been offered a new contract and a 30 per cent pay rise, but the 23-year-old wants to play in the Championship.
Reading can offer Osborne the second-tier football he aspires towards and Brian McDermott's side are also in contention for a place in this season's play-offs
Osborne was last summer a target of League One rivals Charlton, but they did not meet Brentford's valuation.