Reading ready to let Williams leave for Lane

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READING will not stand in Marcus Williams’ way as he attempts to push through a transfer to Sheffield United.

As The Star reported last week, the on-loan defender wants to remain at Bramall Lane when his temporary contract expires following this weekend’s League One fixture with Rochdale.

Williams is already believed to have reached an outline agreement with United regarding personal terms after Danny Wilson, the South Yorkshire club’s manager, admitted talks have taken place with “the player and his agent”.

And a source at Reading indicated last night that Brian McDermott, Wilson’s opposite number at the Madejski Stadium, is unlikely to block a move by exploiting United’s interest in the Doncaster-born full-back and demanding an extortionate fee.

“At the start of the season it was the case that if someone made an offer for Marcus then he was free to go,” they said. “He obviously hasn’t played as much as he’d like and, because of that, has probably found it difficult to settle.

“As far as things stand, that is still the case.”

Unless Reading terminate Williams’ contract, the 25-year-old must return to Berkshire for a brief spell before being allowed to head back north during next month’s transfer window.

Then, a Football League spokesman has confirmed, United could either broker another loan or pay what seems certain to be a nominal fee to capture Williams permanently.

With Andy Taylor still undergoing rehabilitation work following a long-term injury, Wilson is keen to bolster his options in a position also being contested by summer signing from Swindon Lecsinel Jean-Francois.