Mo Barrow could be one of the key Reading FC players heading elsewhere this summer, but the club reportedly have a plan for the winger’s replacement.
A bid of £2.5 million is claimed by Reading Chronicle’s Courtney Friday to be enough to secure the Gambian’s services, two unnamed Turkish teams pondering a loan-to-buy deal. That would guarantee a profit on his £1.5m arrival two years ago.
Meanwhile, Ostersunds’ 24-year-old wide-man Hosam Aiesh is being scouted by several Championship clubs, including the Royals, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest. That is according to Footboll Direkt.
Both Forest and Reading are said to have enquired about the Palestinian-Swedish player, who has one goal and two assists in seven appearances this Allsvenskan season. He played in attack for his club’s recent 1-1 draw at home to Sundsvall, the game scouts apparently attended.
However, Ostersunds are keen on drawing a decent fee for Aiesh. In January, they received a bid worth £1.8m from a Turkish club and the player has since told media he wants to move to Europe this summer.
With the cash a clear stumbling block, perhaps this move weighs on Barrow’s future. The same outlet claim Reading are likely to lose the Gambian winger and Aiesh would be his replacement.
That may sound plausible, but the Royals would surely have to come out of the two deals with a substantial profit - or a star in the making - to make it worth their while.