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Reading Linked With Ghanaian Midfielder

He has Champions League experience, but appears to be a bit of a journeyman...

Burkina Faso v Ghana - 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Semi-Final Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images

According to reports in Ghana, Reading are looking into the possibility of signing Mubarak Wakaso, who currently plays for Greek side Panathinaikos.

The winger spent the second half of last season on loan at Granada in La Liga, scoring once and getting one assist as El Graná finished bottom of the table. It was Wakaso's seventh different club in the space of six years, suggesting that he is a bit of a journeyman.

Indeed, he only joined Panathinaikos last summer, but the report on ghanasoccer.net claims that the 26-year-old is "desperate to leave Greece", but the only thing that would hold back a move to Reading would be if "he would be willing to play in the Championship". Serie A side Atalanta are also interested in signing him.

Wakaso has previous experience in Britain having played 11 times on loan for Celtic in the 2014-15 season, whilst he has also played in Champions League with Villarreal. In addition, he has 49 caps for Ghana, scoring 12 times and picking up an African Cup of Nations runners-up medal in 2015.

Update: Monday 19th June

Wakaso has now had his say on the rumours, and it appears as though he will indeed be heading to England this summer, but he won't be rocking up at the Mad Stad. During a public event in Accra, Ghana's capital on Saturday, the midfielder said:

"I don’t have much to say about reports but it is true that I have being linked with some clubs in the Premier League and there have been some talks between them and my counsel.

"I am now waiting and expecting the talks to be finalised and then move to England very soon.

"It is almost every player's dream to play in England so I'm not an exception and hopefully things will be smooth for me in the coming weeks."

Swansea City, Stoke City and West Ham are reportedly keen to take Wakaso on a season long loan, and either South Wales, Staffordshire or East London does seem to be where he will now end up, not Berkshire.