Le Fondre sale imminent?

Scott Heavey

It's been reported today by Sky Sports News that Adam Le Fondre will complete a move to Cardiff City, more to follow but here's the initial take.

This follows news at the beginning of the month that the striker was unsure about his Reading future due to contract related issues. With the ongoing takeover saga unresolved so far, the 27 year-old is still on a contract that will run out next summer, as are various other key Reading players.

If this news proves to be correct and the move does materialise, Le Fondre leaves the club with a reputation for scoring goals. During his three seasons in Berkshire, he scored 39 goals in 104 league appearances - not as many as other notable Reading strikers from the past, but he's certainly scored some crucial goals.

Charles Watts reports that Reading's recent woes with HMRC might be the primary reason a deal has been done so quickly.

In only his first season with the Royals, Alfie scored important winners against teams like Watford, Millwall, Leeds and of course Southampton to help fire the Royals to promotion. During the following Premiership season, he scored on the opening day against Stoke, and also netted against his boyhood team Manchester United. He also became the first ever Reading player to win a Player of the Month award thanks to a fine set of performances in January, and finished the year as Reading's official Player of the Season. He also finished as club top scorer this season just gone with 15 goals, including back-to-back home hat-tricks in January that saw him named the league's Player of the Month.

As always, the Tilehurst End will bring you more on this story as it emerges, so stay tuned!

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