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Ajax Reject To Sign For Reading FC?

Is Jaap Stam going to dip into the free transfer market for a new forward?

AFC Ajax v AS Roma - UEFA Youth League: Round of 16 Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

We've all posted airport pictures on social media in the past, accompanied with a caption telling our friends and family where we're jetting off to. Adham El Idrissi has done the same, except that he's created a transfer rumour in the process.

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El Idrissi is a 19 year old forward who is currently a free agent following the termination of his contract at Ajax last week. Born in the Netherlands to Moroccan parents, he had been at the Dutch club since 2005.

He was considered a hugely talented player as he came through the ranks in Amsterdam, and was one of the key players in the team's UEFA Youth League campaign in 2014/15 as they advanced from a very tough group against PSG and Barcelona, but got knocked out in the round of 16 by AS Roma.

However, El Idrissi spent much of last season on the sidelines with a knee injury and therefore fell down the pecking order and found his chances of making a first team debut decrease. Before his release, the 19 year old, who can play anywhere across the attack, had managed just five substitute appearances for Jong Ajax in the Dutch second tier, scoring once and also getting sent off once. He also has five caps for the Netherlands' Under-18 side.

So is he actually any good?

As aforementioned, El Idrissi was rated very highly by Ajax's coaches before his injury last season. He even drew comparisons to Luis Suarez, with Frank de Boer saying in April 2015:

"Adham El Idrissi, a type of Luis Suárez. Works very hard, but also has good technique."

This is echoed by Wim Jonk, the former head of Ajax's youth development:

"Adham is a real fighter. He draws the other players in the team out. He doesn’t need any batteries, he just keeps fighting for the team."

This Dutch journalist also appears to rate the forward highly, although does pick out one weakness in his game:

As ever, YouTube is on hand to give us a glimpse of El Idrissi's talent:

What are the chances that he will sign for Reading?

At first it was not known whether he would actually be signing for the club or just participating in a trial. However, Dutch site tuttomercatoweb are now reporting that the forward is having a medical ahead of a proposed move and if all goes to plan will sign a three year contract with the option of an extension.

Of course, as he is a free agent, next week's transfer deadline day has no impact on how soon El Idrissi does or doesn't agree a deal in Berkshire.

Stay tuned to The Tilehurst End for any updates on the forward's potential move to the Madejski Stadium.