READING FC fans have pleaded for Paul Clement to bring out-of-favour Norwich FC striker Nelson Oliveira to Madejski Stadium this summer.

The Portuguese, who has 17 international caps to his name, has been told he can leave Carrow Road this transfer window after Daniel Farke deemed him surplus to requirements.

He is thought to be available for around £4m, a fraction of the price compared to when former boss Jaap Stam tried to lure the 26-year-old to Berkshire last summer.

The striker is known to boss Clement after he tried to sign Oliveira when he was Swansea City manager, but the deal never materialised.

Reading have also been linked with a move for Brighton and Hove Albion forward Sam Baldock, who is on the transfer list at Amex Stadium.

But Royals fans have pleaded for Clement to re-ignite his interest in former Nottingham Forest forward Oliveira and urged director of football Brian Tevreden to strike a deal.

Fans Tweeted: "Both good strikers in different ways. Think Baldock would work hard etc but Oliveira would be capable (if we kept him happy) to score 15-20 goals. At the price of £2-4 mill being touted about as well, that would be a steal.

"Would much prefer Oliveira. Not the biggest fan of Baldock. However, if we got him in I would still back Clement's decision. At the end of the day, it would be a low-risk signing - he can't be worth more than £1m surely.

"Oliveira, mainly as he always scores against us so at least it’ll swing the GD in our direction by a few goals.

"Oliveira very similar style to Orlando Sa who again would be a great fit in this system."

Others meanwhile stated they would be happy to see former Bristol City striker Baldock join Clement's squad.

"Out of the two I would pick Baldock," Tweeted one fan.

"But we do need a correct attitude in a larger striker."

Royals have already added Marc McNulty to their forward ranks this summer.

The former Coventry City man scored his first goal - a last-gasp poacher's effort - in the 2-2 friendly draw against Besiktas earlier this week.

But with Yann Kermorgant, Joseph Mendes and Chris Martin all having departed the club, Clement could find himself short of striking options come August 3.

The manager teased supporters when he suggested a new striker would join Royals' pre-season training camp in Austria.

One striker did join the camp, but it was Reading's Jon Dadi Bodvarsson after he returned from World Cup Duty with Iceland.

Meanwhile, Sam Smith looks likely to join Oxford United on a season-long loan deal, with boss Karl Robins confirming he is a huge admirer of the young striker.