Hindsight is a wonderful thing, as are transfer rumours. Here, I'll pool together those two forces to look wistfully back at players Reading made a move on 12 months ago, only for one, or both, parties to think they could do better.
Robert Beric - Rapid Vienna - Striker
First up is the closest the Royals have come to a transfer saga in recent times, with Slovenian attacker Beric being dangled before us for almost the entirety of the summer months.
In the end, we signed Matej Vydra on loan for a slightly smaller fee, and Beric has managed just 13 appearances in France, scoring five times after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in November, ending his season.
Gyasi Zardes - LA Galaxy - Striker
Another foreign attacker, Zardes was scouted by a number of Championship sides early in the summer, with Reading missing out on the American, only to come back in with a prospective pre-January eye-in.
Still at Galaxy, the 24-year-old has bagged 10 goals in 11 MLS games so far this season, earning him a call-up to the USMNT Copa America squad. It's fine though, we got Orlando Sa instead.
Clayton Donaldson - Birmingham City - Striker
A missing piece kind-of player, Donaldson's selfless work for his teammates has bought him many admirers, including the Royals, who launched a bid of just under £1 million.
Alas, the Blues rightly held off our advances and the forward starred in a surprisingly strong season at St. Andrews, scoring 11 and assisting seven in 40 games.
Ahmed Akaichi - Espérance de Tunis - Striker
A total wildcard, this one. When the Tunisian rocked up at the Madejski Stadium, rumours flew around about a trial, done deal, or just a friendly visit.
While Royals fan pondered why they don't get such luxuries, a move failed to materialise and he ended up with Etoile du Sahel, scoring 13 times in 18 appearances as his new team sit top of the Tunisian top-flight.
Tokelo Ranite - Bournemouth - Striker
Rounding off the strikers, South African forward Rantie failed to complete a deadline day switch to Berkshire, and it's the Madejski Stadium crowd surely most pleased about that.
Making a grand total of five appearances for the Cherries, the 25-year-old's career has stalled, and he even lost out to Yann Kermorgant in Reading's Once-Good-Now-Discarded-Bournemouth-Attacker hunt.
Nathaniel Chalobah - Chelsea - Midfielder
Taking the England Under-21 man back to the Mad Stad was always a lost dream of rekindled romance for Royals supporters. Typically, he went off for a foreign fling with an exotic club who he claims treat him right, despite not daring being seen in public with him.
On loan at Napoli, the Chelsea youngster made just nine appearances at the San Paolo, and has returned to West London. He left us, and it didn't work out. But, we'd take him back in a heartbeat.
Jamie Mackie - Nottingham Forest - Winger
Another returning loanee, Reading hoped to get their hands of the free agent after Nottingham Forest released the Scot. However, his heart appeared set on a reunion with Queens Park Rangers, where he'd spent three years previous.
However, Reading simply missed out on an injury-hit season for the winger, who was absent for most of the first half of the season and ended up in-and-out of the side in the final months of 2015/16.
Sam Clucas - Chesterfield - Winger
This. This is the guy. Hal Robson-Kanu may have done a sturdy job for a short while at left-wing, but the impact of his injury would be nothing if Clucas would have come to Berkshire over Humberside.
As a starting option, or a super-sub, the ex-Chesterfield player has done very well since Hull outbid the competition for his services, ending the year by winning the play-off final.
Nicky Law - Rangers - Winger
Now a free agent, there's still time to swoop for the English wide-man, after a decent-ish campaign with the Scottish Championship winners.
Hardly an inspiring proposition at the time, the fact he's been released by the Glasgow side ahead of their return season in Scotland's top-flight suggest our money was better spent elsewhere.
Wes Foderingham - Swindon Town - Goalkeeper
Given the success of Ali Al-Habsi, depending on who you talk to, missing out on the former Robins goalkeeper is hardly something Royals fans are tearing their hair over, 12 months on.
Foderingham may have been first-choice with new club Rangers for the season, but being the goalkeeper for a side strolling through Scotland's second-tier is hardly an endorsement of galaxy-smashing talents.
Rob Kiernan - Wigan - Defender
Finally, we come to a pretty dull end, with a note that this type of rumour is likely all we'll get in the comings month, as 2016's summer drags it's heels through the door.
Kiernan's speculation was met with hardly a puff of the cheeks from Reading fans, and he left the Latics after missing out on Reading's coveted Back-Up-Loan-Defender-From-Wigan spot to Andrew Taylor.
Oh, and he went to Rangers, too. Obviously.
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