Reading trying to snap-up Gillingham star Jack Tucker on free transfer but face battle with Swansea and Charlton | The Sun

Reading trying to snap-up Gillingham star Jack Tucker on free transfer but face battle with Swansea and Charlton | The Sun

June 11, 2022

READING are trying to snap up free agent centre-half Jack Tucker from Gillingham.

Paul Ince's men will play in the Championship next season after finishing 21st in the second tier.

But the Royals are limited on what they can do in the transfer market after previously breaching Profit and Sustainability rules.

As a result, Reading were hit with a six-point deduction and were placed under a transfer embargo.

Reading are only allowed to bring in free agents as long as there is space in the squad, and as things stand, there are only nine players contracted to Royals for 2022/23 and beyond.

Reading will face competition from Swansea and Charlton for Tucker's signature.

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The defender was a first-team regular in the third division for Gillingham.

Tucker played 44 times but was unable to help Gillingham beat the drop.

Gillingham were relegated to League Two, alongside Doncaster, AFC Wimbledon and Crewe Alexandra.

Gills boss Steve Evans back in October felt the transfer speculation surrounding Tucker started to affect his performances on the pitch.

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At the time, Tucker was being heavily tracked by Charlton, who remain interested.

He told Kent Online:  “I think some parts of his game maybe he is listening to people tell him where he is going to go and where he is going to play. 

“I think it has affected his decision making on the pitch, you just want to leave kids like that alone and let them naturally develop in their own environment.”

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