READING FC could be set to break its record transfer fee after Norwich City accepted a staggering £8m offer for highly-rated striker Nelson Oliveira, according to  sources close to the club.

Oliveira, who scored 15 goals in 27 appearances for the Canaries last season, is understood to be keen on a move away from Carrow Road after less than 12 months.

And the Chronicle understands  Royals’ boss Jaap Stam is keen to bolster his striking options after narrowly missing out on promotion in his debut campaign at the helm of Reading FC.

Stam’s options up-front are limited to 35-year-old Yann Kermorgant, Joseph Mendes - who played a bit-part role last season - and Dominic Samuel, who is a transfer target for several Championship clubs.

Latvian forward Deniss Rakels, who missed the majority of last season through injury, has been loaned to Polish outfit Lech Poznan.

A source told the Chronicle Royals offered Norwich £8m for Oliveira, adding: "The new owners have given the club money to spend.”

Reports emerged on Friday evening that Norwich had accepted the offer and Oliveira will now discuss personal terms with Royals’ director of football Brian Tevreden.

Twenty-five-year-old Oliveira, who has been capped 16 times by Portugal, joined Norwich for around £5m after impressing during a loan spell at Nottingham Forest in the 2015/16 campaign.

He signed a four-year deal at Carrow Road and scored his first goal for the club in an EFL cup match against Leeds United.

Oliveira also found the net during Royals’ 7-1 mauling at Norwich last season.

Royals have also been linked with a swoop for Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow after it emerged last week that player of the season Ali Al-Habsi wants to leave the club.