READING FC boss Jaap Stam launched an official bid to bring Fulham shot-stopper David Button to Madejski Stadium, sources close to the player have revealed.

Button has emerged as one of Royals' top targets after player of the season Ali Al-Habsi joined Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal on a three-year deal recently.

Dutchman Stam revealed he had no choice but to accept the offer for the 35-year-old due to a release clause in they goalkeeper's contract Reading were linked with a move for Newcastle United's Karl Darlow however an asking price of £5m proved to be a stumbling block.

Instead, 45-year-old Stam has turned his attention to the Cottagers' Button, 28, who was dropped to the bench towards the end of last season.

A source close to Button said: "Reading have made a bid for David. I don't know what the exact fee is."

Button made 40 appearances for Fulham last season, keeping 11 clean sheets.

But he found himself dropped from the first-team towards the end of the campaign as manager Slavisa Jokanovic appeared to favour Marcus Bettinelli.

Button was on the bench when Royals knocked the Cottagers out of the play-off finals.

Reports emerged today that Reading have had a bid accepted for a Championship goalkeeper, which the chronicle understands is Button.

Fulham have demanded 'big money' for the 28-year-old goalkeeper however, according to media reports in London.