Reading are threatening Sunderland's bid for Southampton defender Chris Baird.

The Journal says Fulham failed with a £2.5m offer last month but Sunderland have agreed to meet the full £3 million asking price. Reading are also believed to be interested, although south coast sources have insisted Wearside is his likeliest destination.

Saints have given Baird permission to travel to Wearside today for talks with Sunderland.