Paolo Hurtado, remember him? Oh, come on, the Peruvian winger signed by Steve Clarke who barely played for Reading before being sent out on loan to Portugal? Yeh, that's the one.
Well, according to reports coming out of Portugal, Hurtado doesn't want to come back to Reading. That's according to O Jogo (quoted by Peruvian side Libero.Pe) who say that El Caballito has asked the President of his current loan club, Vitoria Guimaraes, to buy him.
Evidently, Hurtado's not a fan of a country where he didn't settle, and would instead prefer to stick with a club for whom he scored nine goals and earned three assists in 40 appearances during 2016/17. Indeed, just over a month ago, he said that this season just gone was the best of his career.
Makes sense, I suppose.
The Libero.Pe article goes on to say that Vitoria Guimaraes boss Pedro Martins does indeed want to keep Hurtado. Additionally, the piece suggests that Reading are open to selling the player, but it doesn't go into any detail on that note.
On the whole, none of this is that surprising. Hurtado was a relatively cheap gamble that didn't pay off, due to his failure to adapt to English life or football.
The sacking of Steve Clarke, brief tenure of Brian McDermott and subsequent arrival of Jaap Stam hasn't exactly helped any of that. Indeed, Hurtado apparently hasn't even met Reading's current boss:
So then, bye bye Paolo?