Exclusive: Striker and goalkeeper set to quit Reading
By Pete O’Rourke
Reading are prepared to let duo Luke Southwood and Sam Smith leave the club this summer, Football Insider understands.
The pair spent last season out on loan away from the Madejski Stadium after finding themselves down the first team pecking order.
A Reading source has told Football Insider that they have been told they are free to leave as they not figure in Jose Gomes’ plans going forward.
Goalkeeper Southwood, 21, spent last season on loan at Eastleigh helping the club reach the National League play-off semi-finals only to lose to eventual winners Salford on penalties.
He impressed during his stint at Eastleigh, keeping six clean sheets and picking up several man of the match awards, but he has been deemed surplus to requirements at Reading.
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Reading feel they are well stocked in the goalkeeping department and they are ready to let the England Under-20 World Cup winner move on this summer.
Striker Smith spent the first half of last season at Oxford United before joining Shrewsbury on loan in January, but he failed to really establish himself at both clubs.
The 21-year-old, who joined Reading from Manchester United in 2016, has played 11 first-team games for Reading, but it appears he will seeking pastures new this summer.
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