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Reading FC Reportedly Have Bid Accepted For Norwich City Striker Nelson Oliveira

It looks like the Royals could be about to add a Championship-proven forward to their squad.

Norwich City v Brighton & Hove Albion - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

According to Here is the City, Reading could be about to sign Norwich City's Nelson Oliveira, having had a bid accepted for the forward. The article doesn't state how much the deal would be for, and attributes the report to "sources close to the club".

However, they were pretty reliable a few days ago when they claimed Chris Gunter would be signing a new three year contract - he did so the following day.

The 25 year-old Portuguese did rather well at Carrow Road last season, finding the net 12 times in 30 appearances for the Canaries' senior side. He also scored at the Madejski Stadium on Boxing Day: watch the goal 30 seconds into this video:

On that evidence, he'd be a good addition to a rather depleted Reading front line, which currently only contains Yann Kermorgant, Joseph Mendes and Dominic Samuel. However, with Samuel not fancied by Stam, expect to see him depart this summer.

Getting Oliveira in would probably cost Reading at least £7,000,000 (at an educated guess). Are the new Chinese owners set to loosen the purse strings?

UPDATE: Norwich Evening News reporter Michael Bailey kinda spoiled the party:

He's a bit of a globetrotter

Having come through Benfica's academy, Oliveira would go on to play on loan for Rio Ave, Pacos Ferreira (Paolo Hurtado's former club), Deportivo La Coruna, Rennes, Swansea City and Nottingham Forest. His form at the the last of those clubs - nine goals in 28 - was enough to persuade Norwich to fork out for him a year ago.

He's also done well on the international stage, playing for Portugal at u16, u17, u19, u20, u21 and senior level. On the whole, he's scored 26 times in the 86 games in which he's featured for his country.