By Wayne Veysey

6th Nov, 2020 | 1:45pm

Sources: Door opens for Sullivan to beat Leeds to £8m signing

West Ham are joining Leeds United in the race for Reading sensation Michael Olise ahead of January, Football Insider understands.

The Hammers are in the market for a central midfielder in the winter window as they look to strengthen in a position identified by David Moyes.

A recruitment source told Football Insider that West Ham are keeping tabs on Olise, 18, amid doubts over his future at Reading.

The door is open for Hammers co-owner and transfer negotiator David Sullivan to make a move after Football Insider revealed earlier this week that the France youth international has an £8million release clause in his contract.

This site first revealed Leeds’ interest in Olise in early August as they looked to strengthen in central midfield during the summer window.

In the event, Marcelo Bielsa did not sign any senior players in that position after a £20million swoop for Michael Cuisance collapsed at the eleventh hour.

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It is a position Leeds could look to strengthen in January although they will face competition from West Ham and other Premier League sides for Olise.

Cash-strapped Reading are vulnerable to losing the teenager as he will enter the final 18 months of his contract at the turn of the year.

Olise has graduated from the Reading youth team to establish himself in the senior side.

The central midfielder, who can also play in attacking midfield, has made a huge impact this season operating mainly in more advanced roles.

He has started all nine of Reading’s Championship matches, scoring two goals and supplying three assists, and has already racked up 37 first-team appearances.

Capped by France at Under-18 level, the youngster does not turn 19 until next month.

In other news, a huge update on Michail Antonio returning early for West Ham ahead of Fulham clash.