Relegated Reading are in talks for former Real Madrid and Everton midfielder Royston Drenthe.

The Sun says Drenthe is on the verge of signing for Reading.

The Dutchman, 26, had been at Russian side Alania Vladikavkaz but can leave on a free following their relegation from the top flight.

Drenthe is now in talks over a three-year deal at the Royals - who were relegated from the Premier League in May.

Reading's Russian owner Anton Zingarevich said he intends to sign up to seven new players over the summer.