Reading line up Palace youngsters Zaha and Clyne for return to the big time
10:22 GMT, 24 April 2012
Flying Eagle: Forward Wilfried Zaha
Reading are preparing moves for Crystal Palace youngsters Wilfried Zaha and Nathaniel Clyne ahead of their return to the Premier League.
The England Under 21 duo would cost the newly-crowned Championship winners around 8million.
Pacy forward Zaha, who would cost around 6m, passed an audition in front of Royals boss Brian McDermott by scoring in Saturday's 2-2 draw at the Madejski Stadium.
Clyne's contract is up at the end of the season and so a tribunal would set a fee – expected to be around 2m – for the 21-year-old full-back should he leave.
Reading would face a fight to convince him to move to the Berkshire club, with Manchester rivals United and City both said to be interested in the talented defender. Newcastle and Fulham are also watching Clyne.
In demand: Nathaniel Clyne (left) is wanted by a host of top-flight clubs
Palace have already demonstrated their intent to hold on to Zaha, 19, by rejecting a big offer from Bolton Wanderers in January. The Ivory Coast-born flyer was named the Championship's Young Player of the Year this term.
Both Zaha and Clyne are on Stuart Pearce's short-list for the Team GB Olympic football squad.