The 24-year-old joined the Red Devils in 2010 for £7.4 million, but failed to live up to new-found expectations and was shipped out on-loan to clubs in Turkey and his native Portugal, with a brief up-turn in form at Pacos de Ferreira subsiding after a move to Benfica.
Now, the former Portugal Under-21 player is being linked with a move to Berkshire according to reports on ITV.com. Bebe is currently on loan at Primera Divison side Cordoba - where has notched five goals in 20 appearances - and a move to the Madejski would certainly add to the unexpected nature of his career path thus far.
However, doubts remain over whether this is the type of player Steve Clarke will want in his squad. After all, it feels like the Royals have done signing failed-wonderkids to death in recent years - with limited success!