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Reading FC manager confirms interest in American striker

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Could another American be heading to the English Championship? According to getreading, Reading FC manager has confirmed that the club is interested in LA Galaxy and United States Men's National Team forward Gyasi Zardes.

"Zardes has been on a few clubs' radar for a little while," Steve Clarke, Reading manager said.

"He's a player that we've had watched and we've got some reports on him. He's another possibility that's out there."

This winter could be the most ideal time for the 24-year-old to leave the comforts of home for Europe. The Galaxy are in a bind with regards to fitting their current roster under Major League Soccer's salary restrictions. It seems highly unlikely that they'll be able to keep both Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes under their control for next season. They'll have to make a choice between which one to let go.

It's pretty clear that Zardes has the most value between the two currently. He has scored 21 goals combined in the last two seasons for LA and is coming off a year in which he made his USMNT debut and matched a record for most ever caps by a first-year player.

His value will never be higher than it is right now, it would be wise for LA and MLS to take advantage while they can. It doesn't look good for anyone if a high profile homegrown player like Zardes and/or Gonzalez is forced to play with another MLS club.

Reading is no stranger to Americans. They currently have Danny Williams on their books and have been the home to past USMNT players like Bobby Convey and Marcus Hahnemann.