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Royals News Bites 24th September

A quick look at the latest press stories on the Royals.

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Sharp finally on his way to Reading? – The Reading Chronicle

Reports suggest we have signed 27-year-old Billy Sharp on loan from Southampton after pursuing the striker all summer. Nigel Adkins previously managed Sharp when he burst onto the scene at Scunthorpe, and later signed him for Southampton.

Zingarevich poised to buy the remainder of Reading FC – The Reading Chronicle

After buying 51% of the club in May 2012, Anton Zingarevich is expected to pay £20 million to complete his purchase. It was believed his takeover would have to be completed by 30th September but it is now clear that this date can edge into October slightly.

Adkins praises two-goal Pog – Reading Post

Two-goal Pavel Pogrebnyak was a surprise hero at Derby on Saturday and the gaffer was keen to heap praise upon the big Russian. Adkins says Pog is no different to any footballer - "he has a lot of pride" and "wants to do well". Adkins, consistent with most of the interviews he gives, again emphasised that when players are given their chance, they must take it, and he believes Pog did that to perfection.

Injury update – Official Site

Adkins describes Danny Williams and Royston Drenthe’s injuries as "kicks to the foot", and expect both, along with Wayne Bridge to be available for the Birmingham game this Saturday. Jem Karacan is expected to face many months on the sidelines.

Impressive Obita hoping to keep his place in the team – Reading Post

After making his first league start for Reading at Pride Park, starlet Jordan Obita discusses how he pleased he was with his performance. Unlike many footballers of his age, he appears very grounded and content with the fact that he will get game time if he keeps working hard. He says, "Hopefully next week I can be involved again. If I'm not, then I just need to be ready for the next time I am."

Pearce hits 200 appearances for the Royals

At the age of just 24, Alex Pearce reached the 200 game milestone at Derby. Millwall’s Mark Beevers is the only Championship defender under the age of 25 who has made more career second-tier appearances. Only seven defenders of any age have played more second-tier games for their current club than Pearce, highlighting the experience Alex brings to our backline.

Morro backs homophobia campaign – Official Site

Captain Sean Morrison wore rainbow laces in his Nike boots against Derby to show Reading’s support to Stonewall, a UK based lesbian, gay and bisexual charity. Morro was one of a number of football league players to make this gesture to the campaign addressing homophobia.