Cedric Soares (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)
He lacks any kind of pace, and offers little from an attacking perspective.
Having said all of that, the Southampton man would provide useful cover and competition for Ryan Fredericks.
It is unclear how much West Ham would have to pay for Cedric. He joined the Saints for £4.7 million in 2015, according to BBC Sport. So the south coast club will surely be keen to recoup a similar fee for the right-back, especially if they were to sell him to a rival Premier League club.
The striker is out of contract at the Madejski Stadium this summer and will be available to sign when his current deal expires at the end of June.
Fans on Twitter are not sure whether Loader has the quality to play for a club like West Ham:
Loader has been tracked by Manchester United in the past, but he has struggled to make an impact at senior level, with the teenager having scored just two goals and contributed only one assist in 35 appearances for Reading’s first team.
This campaign, he has played 12 times and got on the scoresheet just once, in the FA Cup third-round tie against Blackpool back in early January. However, it must be said, his game time in the league has been restricted to cameos this season.