Reading are poised to bring Sam Smith back to Berkshire, five years after his last appearance, according to reports.

The 25-year-old scored twice in 11 appearances after breaking through the Academy but failed to hold down a first-team place.

Moving on in 2021, the striker has scored more than 30 goals for Cambridge United in the past two seasons and departed the Abbey Stadium a free agent last month.

According to Football Insider, the Royals are leading the race for the forward, while former Reading Chronicle journalist Courtney Friday added that Ruben Selles' side have overtaken Portsmouth in the hunt.

Just three weeks remain until the first match of the third tier campaign, with Andy Carroll and Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan the obvious choices for the striker role.

The club's only signing of the summer to date is former U's teammate Harvey Knibbs.