• Posted on: 16 January 2021
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According to various reports, Blackpool are all set to snap up Reading goalkeeper Sam Walker on a loan spell on a short-term basis. It comes as a surprising move given that the 29-year-old is yet to make an appearance for Reading in the Championship since last featuring for the Royals in the 2018/19 season.

Walker has been displaced from the number one position by Rafael since his move to the club and now, he has been tipped to join Blackpool on loan for a short-term. It is a move that Walker is expected to be eager to make given that his continued stay at Reading would only mean he continues to become the second-choice goalkeeper.

The reports are coming from Berkshire Live who also revealed that the loan move will be an emergency one due to the goalkeeper crisis at Blackpool. Walker will be making his Blackpool when his new club host Rochdale on Boxing Day in their League One encounter.
Colchester United is where Walker made a name for himself after a brilliant spell with the club. He has since played for a host of other clubs including the likes of Northampton Town, Barnet, Bristol Rovers, and Yeovil Town.
He is quite experienced and will add some of his expertise to the Blackpool goalkeeping department, which is the main reason the club made the move to sign him on loan. Blackpool are currently sat in 12th position in the third-tier table and Walker will join then as a cover over the Christmas period.
The goalkeeper will see his contract at Reading expire come the end of next summer and he is widely believed to have made the decision to quit the club. Having not made a single appearance this season, coupled with the fact that youngsters are being promoted to the first team, including goalkeepers, his time at the club may finally be over.
On the brighter side for Blackpool however, they will be signing an experienced Football League goalkeeper who is hungry to impress after being out of action for a very long time. So it is a great and favorable deal for both Blackpool and Walker.