Reading are leading the chase to sign Southampton star Andrew Surman, skysports.com understands.
Southampton are resigned to losing Surman due to their financial problems and their relegation from the Championship.
Reading have held a long-term interest in Surman and they are lining up a move for the England Under 21 international to steal a march on their rivals.
A host of Premier League sides, including Aston Villa and Everton, have been credited with an interest in Surman, but Royals boss Steve Coppell is hoping to lure him to the Madejski Stadium.
Reading are believed to be ready to firm up their interest in the midfielder with a bid as they look to bolster their squad for next season.