Nottingham Forest are one of the clubs in the mix to sign Reading striker Lucas Joao, according to Football League World.
The Reds won promotion to the Premier League on Sunday and will now target a squad rebuild.
Reading’s finances are in a perilous situation and they could be forced into selling some of their top stars this summer.
Joao will be one player who could raise a substantial sum of money but Forest will face competition.
Middlesbrough, Burnley, Norwich and Watford are all considering a move for the former Sheffield Wednesday talisman.
The Royals face a difficult decision over the player. He has just a year to run on his contract and they won’t want to lose another star player for free.
Earlier this month, John Swift ended his association with the Berkshire-based club, joining West Brom on a free transfer.
Now, the club risks the same happening with Joao.
The 28-year-old scored 10 times last season and also claimed three assists from his 24 appearances for the struggling outfit.
It’s not thought how much the striker is worth to Reading. He has been at the club for three years having signed for an undisclosed fee in 2019.
Forest will almost certainly be in the market for some firepower.
Lewis Grabban could leave at the end of his contract, whilst Keinan Davis will, for now, return to Aston Villa. That leaves Sam Surridge and the jury will remain out on him when it comes to the Premier League.
Forest linked with Joao but a move seems really unlikely
At 28 and as a player who would still command a transfer fee, the Portuguese striker is hardly a Dane Murphy type.
There would be no resale value on the talisman and he’s also never done the business in the Premier League.
Joao is perhaps one name that features on an extensive list of possible strikers for Forest to pursue this summer.
That doesn’t necessarily mean the club will be going for him and his goalscoring record is hardly stunning either.
He’s scored 38 times in 83 appearances for the Royals and has never made a single Premier League appearance.
If Forest are to sign someone without top-flight expertise it’s likely to be a younger player with one eye on the future.
The Reds’ striker search looks unlikely to lead to the signing of Joao.