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Transfer Rumour Round-Up: 5th August

@pott95 brings us up to date with all the transfer news as the start of the season edges ever closer to the season opener against Birmingham.

Rumours about this man have cooled recently after impressive performances in the Champions League qualifiers.
Rumours about this man have cooled recently after impressive performances in the Champions League qualifiers.
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It's been just over a month since my last round up and a lot has changed since that article. The Royals were linked with names such as Boaz Myhill, George Puscas, Stephen Quinn, Paul McShane and Orlando Sa.

Quinn, McShane and Sa have all signed with the Berkshire-based side and the ex-Hull pair especially are well into the pre-season preparations. Sa's preparation has been hampered by an injury he arrived at the club with which was sustained whilst with Polish club Legia Warsaw, but he played over an hour against Espanyol and looked sharp and ready to go this weekend. It is vitally important that he stays fit this season, espcially when Pogrebnyak picks up injuries which he unfortunately managed to do in the goaless draw with the Spanish side.

Jonathan Bond and Ali Al-Habsi have both signed to solve the goalkeeping crisis that we had after both Adam Federici and Mikkel Anderson left the club.

Rumoured Arrivals

Alex Fernandez

How's this one for you? Espanyol midfielder Alex Fernandez is reportedly close to agreeing a loan deal to the Madejski Stadium for the season. The youngster, who started his career at Real Madrid, has spent the past two seasons at Espanyol and also a brief stint away at Rijeka, in Croatia last season where he scored two goals in two games.

If reports are to be believed, the Spanish midfielder would join for a season-long loan and if all works out well, Steve Clarke and company would have the option of purchasing the midfielder for €1.8 million next summer.

This deal looks like it's near completion, with Fernandez skipping training for Espanyol yesterday. It seems like a clever move and a no-lose situation, considering the initial loan and optional purchase clause. Could this be the creative player Royals' fans have been yearning for?

Paolo Hurtado

This is a signing that seems all but done, according to GetReading reporter Charles Watts. The 25-year-old winger from Peru spent last season on loan in Uruguay but his parent club is Pacos de Ferreira in Portugal where he has made 57 appearances and netted 12 times in his 3 year time at the club.

This transfer would make sense due to the injuries sustained to current wingers Hal Robson-Kanu and Garath McCleary. With only Tarique Fosu and Nick Blackman the only match fit wingers at the moment it will be interesting to see how quickly this deal goes through, because options are limited at the moment, with new signing Stephen Quinn playing in an unfamiliar role on the wing in which is not considered his favoured position.

Robert Beric

This potential deal's speculation seems to have cooled recently, mainly due to his performances for Rapid Vienna in Champions League Qualifying. It was reported that Reading didn't meet the Austrian club's valuation of the player and now that he has scored in both legs of the Champions League qualifiers against Dutch giants Ajax, it is sure to have increased his price tag which might put Reading out of the race for the striker.

Rumoured Departures

Aaron Kuhl

This deal has surpised me the most out of the whole of the signings and departures we have had during the summer at the club. Personally, I feel that Kuhl would benefit from a loan at a lower league club because I think it is vital that he gets some game time because he can become a crucial player at Reading in years to come. The part which surprised me was the club that were linked to him; Spanish Segunda side RCD Mallorca have reportdaly tabled a loan bid to the midfielder and with him featuring for them in a friendly already this move could happen in the near future.

This would be an excellent move for the Under 21s' captain as it will teach him something different over in Spain and will hopefully help his development that can be used when he's back with the Royals.

Garath McCleary

Now it seems that the ex-Forest man is linked out of the club every transfer window, and this summer was no different. Charles Watts reported that several Premier League clubs were chasing the winger. His performances at the Gold Cup especially have stood out, with him scoring 2 goals in the 3 group games Jamaica had. His contribution led Jamaica to their first Gold Cup final as they beat USA on the way.  With McCleary signing a new deal in October it would take quite a big fee to even tempt Reading to sell him. With McCleary now injured for a few weeks, this deal seems very unlikely.

So that concludes the transfer round up for this week, hopefully there will be some more rumours to do with the club as deadline day gets ever nearer!