The closer we get to a transfer window, the more rumours start to fly around social media. The latest one is that Reading could be looking to sign Barnsley winger Adam Hammill on a free in the summer. This coming from the highly reputable Sun newspaper.
Reading are looking to sign Barnsley winger Adam Hammill on a free in the summer. [The Sun] #readingfc pic.twitter.com/n5mZ0YT6Qk— Talk Reading (@TalkReading) April 15, 2016
Hammill currently plays for League One Barnsley, who recently won the Johnstone Paint Trophy, beating Oxford United in the final. This season, the Englishman has registered seven goals and six assists during 27 games in all competitions.
He started his career at Liverpool where he came through the Reds' academy. Since failing to make the breakthrough there, he's turned out for the likes of Wolves (including playing in the Premier League) and Huddersfield Town - before making the move to Oakwell.
What he could offer Reading
Basically, he's a tricky winger with plenty of experience at Championship level. With Hal Robson-Kanu and Ola John both very likely to leave in the summer, the Royals certainly need more options out wide. All in all, he'd be a very capable replacement for either of them, being able to play on either flank.
That said, it does of course go without saying that this is just a rumour at this stage, so don't read too much into it until more information comes out (if at all). However, currently being a League One player, and being out of contract in the summer, signing him wouldn't break the bank. Mark this one down as 'pretty typical McDermott signing'.