Premier League clubs battle for Royals striker

Several Premier League clubs including Middlesbrough, Portsmouth and Wigan are preparing offers for Reading striker Leroy Lita in the January transfer window. According to reports in today's Sun newspaper the England U 21 international is supposedly unhappy with his lack of game time at the club.

Lita, 22,has struggled to get his place in the Reading first team with Irish strikers Kevin Doyle and Shane Long along with fellow Englishman Dave Kitson becoming the main contenders to start up front for The Royals.

Boro have had a slight goal drought this season with their top goal scorer coming in the form of Stewart Downing with 3.... Good for a midfielder but doesn't say much for their strikers. The goal drought hasn't been the case for Pompey, however it is thought that Harry Redknapp is trying to recruit a new front man. Steve Bruce's Wigan may also consider a move for Lita in January.

It is thought that Lita's destination club will have to splash out up to £5 million for the Reading number 8.