Reading’s search for a striker has gone all the way to Deadline Day, but a loan move for Derby’s Chris Martin could now be on the cards if John Percy of The Telegraph is to believed.
Derby are close to agreeing a deal with Reading for striker Chris Martin. Loan to end of season #dcfc #readingfc— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) January 31, 2018
Furthermore, The Mirror are reporting that the 29-year-old is currently heading down to Berkshire for a medical. They claim that the Rams are keen for the Royals to pay all of Martin’s £25,000 a week wages.
This reignites a rumour that had gone quiet for a few weeks, after Alan Nixon of the Mirror, usually a pretty reliable source, claimed on January 10th that the Royals had edged ahead of their Championship rivals in the race for Martin, saying the following (his account is protected so we can’t embed the tweet):
“Reading. Noses in front in Chris Martin race. Loan. Best offer gets him.
All of this echoes a report from The Sun last week that also named Fulham and Sunderland as the other sides keen to strike a deal. In December, Martin was also linked with league leaders Wolves by The Express.
The Scotland international spent time on loan with the interested Cottagers last season, netting 11 times in 34 appearances. Since returning to Derby in the summer though, he has started just five Championship games, with Matej Vydra, David Nugent and Sam Winnall all ahead of him in the pecking order at Pride Park. His only goal of the campaign so far came against Reading in November.
Expect plenty of Coldplay puns if this one does happen folks.