READING FC are hot in pursuit of Coventry City striker Marc McNulty, it has emerged today.

The Chronicle understands Royals' attempts to lure the Scot to Madejski Stadium have been unsuccessful so far.

McNulty was a key part of Coventry's promotion to League One last season and was named man-of-the-match in Sky Blues' 3-1 play-off final win over Exeter City.

The Edinburgh-born forward notched 23 league goals in 45 games under Mark Robins last season at Coventry are keen for him to remain at the Ricoh Arena next year.

But Royals have identified McNulty as one of the two centre-forwards boss Paul Clement hopes to bring in this summer, the Chronicle has been told.

And fans have tipped the 25-year-old to be the next Adam Le Fondre, who joined Royals from then League Two outfit Rotherham.

Fans wrote on social media: "Mcnulty involved in 39 goals in 52 games. If we get him, he could be another ALF."

"Would definitely take him yes."

"Wouldn’t mind McNulty (potentially the backup striker?) would hope to bring in another forward but was impressed watching him in last years playoffs."

McNulty is the third League One star Royals have been heavily linked with this summer.

Clement was also weighing up a move Portsmouth's Matt Clarke for Peterborough United midfielder Marcus Maddison.

Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony revealed several Championship clubs were chasing Maddison, who is valued at around £2.5m.

But when asked about potential transfers yesterday, Clement refused to be drawn on individuals.

He said: “It’s really difficult for me to say. We can go through the list and I can just say no comment. It would be unfair on the player and the team that he’s playing at.

“I’m sure on that list there will be some players that we’re very interested in and some that I don’t even know.

“At the moment we’re trying to bring someone into the striker position.”