Remember when Dominic Samuel was linked with a move to the Premier League last week? If you thought that was the unlikeliest rumour of the year, then think again. This morning, HITC are reporting that Brentford striker Scott Hogan is on his way to Reading.
Of course, the 24 year old would be an excellent signing and would solve our problems upfront, having already scored 11 goals in the Championship this season - only Dwight Gayle has netted more. But we're sorry to disappoint you folks, but on the face of it, it seems incredibly unlikely that Berkshire will be his next destination even if he does depart Griffin Park in January.
Firstly, HITC are about as reliable as Anton Zingarevich's cash promises. In other words, they have little credibility and reason to trust them. After all, they reported that Liam Kelly was wanted by Rangers last month, and that link seems to have thankfully, but unsurprisingly, gone quiet.
Secondly, Transfermarkt may only value Hogan at £425,000, but he is probably worth at least 20 times that amount. Norwich are reportedly considering an £8 million bid for him, whilst Derby and Hull were also interested in his signature in the summer. Reading stand pretty much no chance against those clubs if a bidding war were to occur, which is fairly likely considering that Hogan is one of the hottest prospects in the Championship at the moment.
That is unless Reading are taken over between now and January, and the reported new Chinese owners make a statement of intent and give Jaap Stam a hefty transfer fund. But for now, we are officially pouring cold water on this rumour. In fact, there's more chance of Hulk Hogan arriving at the Madejski Stadium in January than Scott.