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We look at the increasing influence a Dutch football agency is having at the Madejski Stadium.

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This summer has seen a so-called Dutch revolution shake things up at the Madejski Stadium. It started in the spring when Brian Tevreden was appointed the new Technical Director at the club.

The revolution really took off when Jaap Stam was named manager. Stam was soon joined in the coaching ranks by Said Bakkati and Andries Ulderink, who had both coached with him at Jong Ajax.

Two Dutch players have also arrived, and even our new Finnish goalkeeper, Anssi Jaakkola, has Dutch links through his previous club, Ajax Cape Town, being a feeder club for their Dutch namesakes.

Jaakkola has another Dutch link which may be more significant. His agent works for World Soccer Consult who are based in the Netherlands.

On their website they list Bakkati, Stam and Ulderink as being the coaches they represent. Joey van den Berg is another player now at Reading who they count as a client. Another of one of their players, Tim Matavz, has already been linked with joining his fellow World Soccer Consult clients at the Madejski Stadium.

So who are their other clients and could we soon see them linked with a move to Berkshire?

Hidde Jurjus (De Graafschap)

22-year-old Dutch goalkeeper who didn't miss a game last season as he was relegated from the Eredivisie. Very unlikely that we'll be seeing him move across the Channel any time soon given Reading already have three senior goalkeepers.

Tim Matavž (FC Augsburg)

As mentioned, the Slovene striker has already been linked with the Royals. Had a very respectable scoring record until the end of the 2012/13 season, averaging a goal every two games in Slovenia and Netherlands. Since then he has struggled and last season he failed to score for both Augsburg in the Bundesliga and Genoa in Serie A.

Cas Peters (De Graafschap)

Another player who suffered relegation with De Graafschap. The 23-year-old moved to the former Eredivisie side last summer after a prolific season in the Eerste Divisie with FC Emmen, where he scored 23 goals in 36 league appearances in his final season. The Dutch left winger scored five times in 29 games in his first season in the Eredivisie. It wouldn't be a complete surprise if we see his name linked.

Omid Popalzay (Achilles '29)

Another attacking midfielder. He scored four times in 18 appearances last season in the Eerste Divisie. Born in Kabul and an Afghanistan international. I presume he has Dutch nationality as well, otherwise a move to the Madejski Stadium would not be able to happen.

Lum Rexhepi (HJK Helsinki)

23-year-old centre back who has the rare feat of playing senior international football for two countries - Finland in 2013 and Kosovo a year later. Only moved to the HJK in January so it may be too soon for him to be changing clubs again.

Kürsad Sürmeli (Achilles '29)

Young defensive midfielder eligible to play for Netherlands and Turkey. Has been a regular in the last three seasons for Achilles '29 in the Eerste Divisie.

Daniel van Warven (SC Cambuur)

21-year-old right winger who has yet to play a senior game for SC Cambuur. Surely there are better options from our own academy.

Hector Villalba (San Lorenzo)

Wondering the link to Argentina that might explain why Gastón Campi is training with Reading this week? Well Villalba is the man, as despite never playing in Europe he is one of World Soccer Consult's clients. Another 21-year-old right winger who was regular for San Lorenzo last season but has struggled for game time this season.

Niek Vossebelt (FC Den Bosch)

Played under Stam at FC Zwolle. Started 32 times in defensive midfield as Den Bosch had a disappointing season in the Eerste Divisie. Last played in the Dutch top flight in 2012/13 for Willem II.

Other World Soccer Consult players

Transfermarkt also listed 28-year-old Finnish central midfielder Eero Korte, who plays for FC Ilves in the Finnish top division, as another player represented by the Dutch football agency.

A more likely signing for Reading would be right back Bruno Silva. He is not listed on World Soccer Consult's website, but transfermarkt claim he is a client. At 36 he may be a bit old, but the Uruguay international could be an experienced short term replacement if Chris Gunter leaves. He captains Cerro Largo FC and earlier in his career spent four years at Ajax.

What does this relationship mean for Reading?

Well on one front it could be encouraging as there do not appear to be any links between World Soccer Consult and Reading's Thai owners. That would mean the players signed this summer have been Stam and Tevreden's signings. That can only be a good thing.

The one worry might be a conflict of interest. One or two players having the same agent as Reading's coaches isn't really anything to be concerned about. However, if we continue to sign players represented by World Soccer Consult then you have to start to wonder whether it is a complete coincidence and whether it's in the best interests of Reading Football Club.

I don't think there's anything to get too worried about at the moment, but this relationship is definitely one to watch.