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Premier League New Boys Interested In Karacan?

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The Sun are reporting this morning that Watford and Bournemouth are showing interest in Reading's club captain Jem Karacan, who is out of contract this summer.

Eddie Howe and Slavisa Jokanovic
Eddie Howe and Slavisa Jokanovic
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You can read the full article here (subscription required), which reports that Eddie Howe and Slavisa Jokanovic are both interested in bolstering their midfield by adding Karacan to their ranks this summer. The 26-year-old has been at Reading since 2003 and was made club captain last July.

Unfortunately, Jem has suffered from multiple serious injuries throughout his career, first breaking his ankle against Leeds United in 2011, then rupturing his anterior cruciate and medial ligaments in a match against the same opponents in 2013. He managed to make eight appearances this season, returning to the fold this January.

Karacan has already spoken in the media about wanting to feel valued by the club, and Steve Clarke has confirmed that the club have made an offer to the midfielder to stay for at least next season - of course, the terms of that deal are far from public knowledge. The fans have spoken though, with 88.5% of you wanting Karacan to stay next season when we asked you about all of our players with expiring contracts.

Naturally this could all just be agent talk, but a move to the Premier League would be very difficult to turn down for any player. And with Karacan a proven commodity when fit, he could be a cheap, minimal-risk addition to a Premier League squad. We'll see how this pans out - don't forget to stay tuned to The Tilehurst End for more updates.