Reading Face Anxious Wait For Championship Goalkeeper

Reading is on the verge of signing West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper David Button but must wait for the player to receive a payoff from his current employers, according to Alan Nixon via his Patreon.

Button is wanted by the new Reading boss Ruben Selles but his contract at The Hawthorns is, according to Nixon, far superior to what the Royals can offer so any deal is reliant upon The Baggies paying the keeper off.

Button has been with Albion for three seasons since his switch from Brighton and Hove Albion having begun his career in the youth set-up at Tottenham Hotspur.

The stopper has amassed over 350 appearances in his career, spanning clubs such as Crewe Alexandra, Shrewsbury Town, Plymouth Argyle, Brentford and Fulham but has largely been used by Albion as a backup to Sam Johnstone and Alex Palmer.

His most consistent spell came in his three seasons at Brentford where he established himself as the number one and made over 140 appearances for the club. In his first season, he helped guide The Bees to second place in League One and promotion to the Championship.

Since leaving Fulham for Brighton at the start of the 2018-19 season, in a deal reportedly with close to £4 million, Button has been restricted to just 42 first-team appearances.

According to Nixon’s report, Championship side Southampton are monitoring the situation as they are looking at Button as number two to Gavin Bazunu as Russell Martin looks to shape a squad that is capable of mounting a serious promotion challenge.

Writer’s View

If Button can secure the payoff from West Brom then this move is good for all involved. Albion look as if they will move forward with Palmer as number one and Button’s departure would expose young stopper Josh Griffiths to more first-team action.

Reading would gain a keeper who has been successful in League One previously and who is vastly experienced and the player himself has the opportunity to be the first-choice keeper once more.

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