Reading defender Omar Richards in line for free transfer to Bayern Munich

Omar Richards is expected to sign a pre-contract agreement with Bayern Munich that would lead to the Reading defender joining the European champions at the end of the season.

Richards has been one of Reading’s star performers in the Championship this season and the 22-year-old is out of contract in June.

Despite reports last week that he was close to agreeing a new deal at the Madejski Stadium, it is understood representatives of the left-back, who made his solitary appearance for England Under-21s in October 2019, have held talks with Bayern. He is in line to sign a three-year contract at the Bundesliga club despite reported interest from Everton and West Ham.

With David Alaba likely to leave in the summer after his new contract offer was withdrawn in November, Bayern want to add competition for their established left-back, Alphonso Davies. A number of Europe’s top clubs are believed to be interested in signing Alaba with Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Chelsea among those linked with the 28-year-old Austrian.

Richards, who began his career at Fulham but was released at the age of 15, would join the former Chelsea midfielder Jamal Musiala, also an England Under-21 international, at Bayern if he makes the move.