A deal to take Hertha Berlin attacker Roy Beerens to Reading is currently in the offing, with the Royals in talks over a €1.2 million (£1m) deal.
Long a stalwart of the Dutch Eredivisie, the 28-year-old starred for Heerenveen, former home of recent signing Joey van den Berg, either side of spells with PSV Eindhoven and AZ Alkmaar. During his time with De Superfriezen, Beerens even appeared for the Netherlands Under-21, B-side, and full national team, accruing two caps in the 2010/11 season.
According to Kicker, the two clubs have agreed the £1m fee, plus add-ons, with Beerens and agent Dick van Burik due to negotiate with the Royals in due course. Van Burik, incidentally is not part of World Soccer Consult (for once), but is a former footballer and self-made millionaire via the specialist materials industry, which you can read about here.
Kicker also indicate that Nottingham Forest were in for the Dutchman, but only Reading are named as having a bid accepted. Furthermore, they note that Beerens' move to Hertha was at first a success, but a poor second season in Germany led to his imminent departure. Indeed, he was touted for a move to VfB Stuttgart, which fell through last week.
Watch this space, as always, on The Tilehurst End.