This morning, MLSSoccer.com reported that Reading FC was sniffing around regarding the availability of Gyasi Zardes.
However, it has since been confirmed that the Madejski side have actually submitted a bid to the LA Galaxy for the USMNT striker's services.
Things seem to be happening quickly in regard to the speculation surrounding the 23 year-old Gold Cup vet, signalling that both the Galaxy and their suitors could be trying to get something done before the European transfer window closes in September.
In addition to interest from Genk and hot pursuit from Reading, multiple reports have indicated that Brighton & Hove Albion as well as at least one unnamed Spanish club could be in the running for Zardes' signature.
While it remains to be seen if a bidding war between European suitors is on the horizon, the Galaxy certainly seem to be fielding these offers with open interest, adding credibility to the suggestions that the club are looking to strike while the iron is hot.
As far as things go with Reading, they're a club that has seen a lot of turnover throughout the past year and their manager is ready to make moves. Reading are also the current employers of USMNT midfielder Danny Williams.
"By my calculations, we've had 14 players out from the end of last season, including loans, and only eight back in," Reading FC manager Steve Clarke said, "So you can see that there is room to bring a few more in.
"I'm still in the market for a striker. We're still looking, but it’s not easy. They are very expensive and we don't have a lot of money to go and get them."
This quote from Clarke coupled with the fact that the club have submitted a bid to the Galaxy suggests that the Royals are looking at Zardes as a hard-working American bargain to come in and help them add something extra to their front line.
As is always the precaution with Americans transferring to England, playing time is nowhere near guaranteed, and Gyasi will have to be in top form if he wants to earn a spot and be productive in a league like The Championship.
That being said, could you imagine how cool it would be if two blonde-mohawked Americans were playing for the same club in England? The Williams-Zardes connection would be pricelessly awesome.