Reading starlet catching the eye of top-flight giants
Reading could face a battle to hang on to teenage goalkeeper Coniah Boyce-Clarke amid reports Manchester United are watching him.
The 16-year-old has recently agreed a new contract with the Royals but won’t put pen to paper to his first professional deal until he turns 17 next March, leaving the door open to interested parties.
Boyce-Clarke is viewed as a potential future No.1 by the coaching staff at the Madjeski Stadium but has attracted attention from several Premier League sides over the last year.
Boyce-Clarke was reportedly the subject of interest from United scouts during the international break as they watched him in action for England’s Under-17 side.
The Red Devils representatives will have been impressed with what they saw of the teenager as he starred in a penalty shootout win against Poland to help the Young Lions win the Syrenka Cup.
It isn’t the first time United have checked on the Reading goalkeeper in person having initially been impressed by him when the Royals Under-23s took on the Old Trafford outfit’s reserve side.
Reading will be desperate not to lose Boyce-Clarke, who has been on the bench for the two Under-23 matches the Royals have played this season, and will hope the chance to break into the senior side sooner than if he moved to Manchester might persuade him to stay put.
Boyce-Clarke has yet to feature in a first-team squad for the Championship outfit but the suggestion is it won’t be long before he gets his chance.
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