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Reading FC In Bidding War For Koura?

Could the Royals be looking to sign this young French forward on a free?

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According to reports emerging from across the channel today, Reading might be looking to sign a new striker: Anthony Koura. As it happens, this isn't the first time we've seen the forward linked with a summer switch to Berkshire, with the Frenchman's name being mentioned at the start of May.

Today, the reputable news agency L'Equipe have resurrected the rumour, claiming that Reading are one of three teams tracking the 23 year old. Like Reading, Olympique de Marseille are pretty tight for cash, so are prioritising free agents - such as Anthony Koura. Reportedly, they've put a four year contract on the table.

However, negotiations have apparently not gone smoothly between player and club, potentially leaving the door open for other clubs. Apart from Reading, the article also mentions Italian side Pescara (recently promoted to Serie A) and Metz

Who is Anthony Koura?

In short, a pretty typical Reading signing - it's pretty hard to avoid the old cliches like 'is young and hungry' and 'would be a cheap punt'. Still only 23, Koura started out at Le Mans, before going on loan to Luzenac AP.

And, in 2013, he joined Nimes, who play in the French second tier, on a free transfer. There, he netted nine times in 27 appearances during 2015/16.

A scoring rate of one goal every three games is decent enough, but even more impressive is his record at international level. Koura has turned out for France's u17s, u18s and u19s, netting 5 in 13, 3 in 7 and 3 in 7 for those sides respectively.

But what kind of striker is he? Encouragingly, seeing as Jaap Stam mostly used the 4-3-3 formation whilst at Jong Ajax, Koura is comfortable playing anywhere in the attacking trio.

With Simon Cox and Hal Robson-Kanu leaving this summer, and Yann Kermorgant being, well, really old, Reading could certainly use another forward. Going on the limited information we've got at the moment, for me, Koura fits the bill.