Well, well, well, what do we have here? A mystery, that's what. Former Manchester City midfielder Abdul Razak has been linked to Reading FC in recent days, but McDermott has batted away any suggestion that he was due to sign on at the Madejski Stadium side.
The 23-year-old midfielder is without a club since Doncaster Rovers released him last year and was due to sign on at Swedish side GAIS, according to GetReading. The side's Sporting Director Fredrik Molin said, "Reading have stepped in and so I think it might be difficult for us.
"But we have not given up."
The plot thickens, however, when sources from the club say they have 'no clue' about Razak's whereabouts and certainly have no intention of signing him. When asked, Reading manager Brian McDermott quipped, "Not that I know of — maybe he was shopping."
News soon emerged that he had spent time training with Kazakhstan side FC Aktobe on Sunday. So there's that.
All very odd. It looks like Razak's agent linked him to the Biscuitmen to drive up price, or interest, or just to be a bit annoying. But for whichever reason GAIS were told Reading were in for him, we should be somewhat thankful we're not because if Doncaster can release him, Reading sure can too — even with the recent Tshibola news.
After all, would fans really be pleased with a player who had loan spells at Portsmouth, Brighton, Charlton and then ended up at Crete? We're lucky this move isn't true.
Oh, and there's still no news on Javier Matilla's trial.