By Alex Stevens
Tyler Blackett is in talks to join Reading from Manchester United, according to a report.
Get Reading claim the Championship club have opened negotiations with both the defender and United over a transfer.
Blackett was pictured in the stands at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday as he watched the 2-2 draw between Reading and Brighton.
Tyler Blackett is close to joining Reading on loan & was in the stands today to see them play Brighton. [telegraph] pic.twitter.com/9JfhceIUFC
— Man Utd Stuff (@ManUtdStuff) August 21, 2016
The report states Reading discussed the possibility of signing Blackett earlier in the summer but opted to keep their options open as they also looked elsewhere.
But now they have returned to Blackett and stepped up their interest in the United man, who is said to be desperate to work with United legend and new Reading manager Jaap Stam.
He is not part of the plans under new manager Jose Mourinho despite being given opportunities by ex-boss Louis van Gaal.
Blackett, who can play at centre-back or left-back, has made 12 United appearances after emerging at the start of the 2014-15 season.
The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at Celtic but struggled and only played nine matches for the Scottish giants.
The signing of Eric Bailly has pushed the England Under-21 international even further down the pecking order at Old Trafford and Blackett will now be hoping to rebuild his reputation elsewhere.
Bailly and Danny Blind started at the heart of the United defence in their 2-0 win over Southampton on Friday night, with Chris Smalling on the substitute’s bench.