Leeds and Palace 'interested in move for Reading midfielder Olise'

Leeds and Crystal Palace ‘interested in January move for Reading midfielder Michael Olise’ after being impressed by the former Chelsea starlet’s performances in the Championship

  • Michael Olise has shone for Reading as the Royals lie fifth in the Championship
  • Crystal Palace lead Leeds in the race for the 19-year-old winger’s signature
  • The Frenchman has four goals and eight assists to his name so far this term 

Leeds and Crystal Palace are looking to sign Reading teenager Michael Olise this month, who has played a key part in the Royals’ good early-season form. 

Veljko Paunovic’s men are fifth in the Championship and Olise, who predominantly plays on the right of an attacking midfield three, has featured in all but one of his side’s 23 games in the second tier so far this term, producing four goals and eight assists in those matches. 

Marcelo Bielsa’s men tried to sign Olise in the summer and remain interested, but Palace are leading the race for his signature, according to The Sun. 

Michael Olise has produced four goals and eight assists so far this season in the Championship

Reading are flying high in the second tier under former Chicago Fire boss Veljko Paunovic 

The Frenchman was born in west London and turned out for Chelsea and Manchester City at youth level before joining Reading in 2016. 

Olise’s first-team debut came in a 3-0 home defeat to Leeds in March 2019 and he made three more appearances that season.

The 19-year-old’s breakthrough campaign came last season though, when he made 19 Championship appearances and also played three times in the FA Cup and once in the EFL Cup. 

Crystal Palace are leading the race for the Frenchman in the January transfer window

The replacement of previous boss Mark Bowen with Paunovic has had no ill-effects for Olise’s development and Reading are braced for a flurry of bids for their young star.

Reading won 2-1 away at Huddersfield on Saturday, with their next league match on January 16 against fellow high-flyers Brentford. 

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