Reports of Marc McNulty being shown around Hogwood may have likely been untrue, but it does look as though Reading could now have their man, with HITC reporting that a fee has been agreed with Coventry City for the Scottish striker.
It is claimed that the Royals will pay the Sky Blues £1.2 million for McNulty, 25, with add-ons potentially taking the deal to £1.5 million. This comes after two previous bids were rejected last week, according to Sky Sports.
HITC do state that “talks are ongoing between both parties”, suggesting that the move isn’t quite over the line, but that Reading “are confident” of securing the services of a player who scored 28 goals as Coventry won promotion to League One last season.
McNulty would become Paul Clement’s first money signing as Royals manager, with Andy Yiadom, David Meyler and John O’Shea all being free transfers earlier in the window.
UPDATE: Coventry City manager Mark Robins has tonight released a statement confirming that the Midlands side have accepted Reading’s bid for McNulty and that the striker will now discuss personal terms with the Royals. This comes after Coventry offered him an improved contract. Robins said:
“We have today accepted a bid for Marc, after he stated his desire to talk to Reading.
“While I know our fans will be disappointed, I can assure them that we have received a more than acceptable bid for Marc and that the money will be invested in the playing squad. I was never under any pressure to sell Marc, other than from the player’s agent.
“I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to Marc for his contribution to what the club achieved last season and his dedication to the team during his time here. He has been great to work with and showed real development from when we signed him last summer.”
Want to know more about the man who is set to lead the Reading frontline in 2018/19? Click here to read BucksRoyal’s scouting report on McNulty.