Wolves in loan talks over Reading's Kaspars Gorkss

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Wolves were today in talks to sign Reading defender Kaspars Gorkss on loan to boost their defence.

Sources confirmed discussions are at an advanced stage and the 31-year-old Latvia international could sign in the next 48 hours, with Wolves expected to see off late competition for his signature.

Reading's squad are in Dubai at the moment to escape the cold snap but it is understood the former Queens Park Rangers and Blackpool stopper has stayed behind to make a decision on his immediate future.

Gorkss is a left-sided centre-back, which would appear to leave Christophe Berra's future in the balance. The Scotland international, 27, is out of contract in the summer and is expected to leave.

Gorkss has played 16 league and cup games this season, but none since December in a 5-2 home defeat to Arsenal.

But he was a commanding figure as the Royals clinched the Championship title last season, making 42 league appearances in a total of 55 for the Royals.

A signing from Ventspils in January 2007, Gorkss is rated as a Jody Craddock-type defender whose strengths are heading and clearing the ball.

He made 50 appearances for Blackpool from January 2007 before a £250,000 switch to QPR in 2008, adding a further 114 games.

Manager Dean Saunders is desperate to strengthen his defence. He failed in a £1million bid for Blackpool defender Alex Baptiste in January but will return for him in the summer when his contract expires.

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