Skysports.com understands Reading are hoping to beat the transfer deadline to sign Carlisle defender Ian Harte.
As revealed by skysports.com last week, Harte had yet to sign a new deal at Brunton Park as had been suggested.
The news alerted a number of clubs to Harte's possible availability with the defender impressing at Carlisle over the last couple of seasons.
Southampton were keen on signing the Republic of Ireland international, but the departure of Alan Pardew has seen any deal fall through.
Reading have now stolen in to lure the 32-year-old to the Madejski Stadium in a surprise swoop.