Reports are emerging from Denmark that Reading have had a bid rejected for Lasse Vibe, who plays for IFK Gothenberg in the Allsvenskan - the Swedish equivalent of the Premier League. Danish newspaper BT claim that Reading currently lead the chase for the striker, with the offered fee being in the region of 10 million kronor - that would equate to roughly £800,000. They also say that Gothenberg want twice what Reading have put on the table. On the other hand, Sport Bladet have the figure at €1.3m, or about £970,000.
Hade precis kontakt med Lasse Vibe: " Om det skulle komma något som blåvitt accepterar då kommer jag förmodligen att ta den möjligheten. "
— Michael Wagner (@MicGWagner) January 30, 2015
Rough translation: "Just had contact with Lasse Vibe: "If there is something, and then if [Gothenburg] accepts, I will probably take the opportunity."
Who is he?
If goals are what you need, Vibe is certainly your man. In 2014, the 27 year old scored 23 times in 26 appearances - a truly prolific strike rate. He burst onto the scene in Scandinavian football last calendar year, and has played for his country Denmark 6 times, scoring once. ESPN profiled the 'late bloomer' last October, describing him as...
"Vibe is lightning fast, makes great runs off the ball, possesses a good first touch, knows how to be in the right place at the right time, can be dangerous with both feet and is a calm and confident finisher in front of goal. His style perfectly suits the swift counter attacking football of Goteborg, and the Dane simply can't stop scoring."
That sounds like exactly the kind of striker we've needed for several years now, and would make a great partner for Pavel Pogrebnyak. Plus, coming from the Swedish league, you wouldn't think that his wage demands would be too high.
You can read the full profile on Lasse Vibe from ESPN here, where it goes into detail on his career up until now. The translations of the articles from BT and Sport Bladet were done with the help of Google Translate.