The rumour mill never stops, despite Reading boss Steve Clarke admitting he is still waiting for the green light to go and sign players for a crucial season ahead. With a few transfer rumours around in local and national press, I will take us through the rumoured signings and departures.
The 29 year old Irishman was linked to the Royals in national newspaper The Sun last week after it was reported that the midfielder rejected a new contract at Hull City. After getting in touch with Hull fans their overall opinion was that they would be disappointed to lose him as he was described as a very creative and energetic player.
With only 4 goals to his name since being at Hull and an impressive 28 starts whilst they were in the Premier League, he seems like the sort of player that could fill the boots of current captain Jem Karacan who looks set to join Galatasaray. I believe that Quinn would be a good signing at this level and he would be the sort of player we could build around this season.
Local media reported that the Portugese international could be on his way to Reading although speculation more recently has cooled.The former Fulham flop currently plays for Polish side Legia Warsaw where he scored 13 goals in 25 goals. Admittedly he had a torrid time in his last spell in England where only made 7 appearances, scoring just the 1 goal.
But I feel that given the right service around him, he could prove a very good signing for the team, especially in the Championship where he might be able to adapt to the pace of the English game, which he struggled to do in his last spell at Fulham. At the age of 27 he is in his prime as a striker and would be an interesting signing if he does end up at the Madejski Stadium this season.
With Steve Clarke stating that he hopes to get 2 or 3 players through the door before the pre-season trip to Thailand it seems that speculation over McShane joining the Royals seems to be growing after Clarke visited Ireland for talks with the experienced centre-back.
Speculation about our captain heading to Turkish giants Galatasaray seems to be growing. Turkish media has reported that he is getting closer to that move as well. He's had some up's and down's in his 8 year spell with Reading scoring just the 11 goals in 155 appearances but we all know what he brings to the team when he features! He's also a big character off the pitch as well which would be missed if he did join Galatasaray.
But for now, it's a waiting game to see what the situation is with him, and I'm sure I speak for all Reading fans by saying we are all used to the waiting game. Steve Clarke confirmed he has been offered a new contract with an element of "pay as you play" but the ball is in Jem's court.
This was a rumour that surprised me a lot when I first saw it. Now we all know about the reported high wages that Pog is on and the majority are hoping to move him on to get his wages off the books. But former Reading FC reporter and now The Sun newspaper reporter Jonny Fordham tweeted that he could be off to Ukrainian Side Zorya Luhansk.
Pavel Pogrebnyak is wanted by Zorya Luhansk in Ukraine #readingfc striker unlikely to be at the Mad Stad much longer— Jonny Fordham (@SunJonnyFordham) June 8, 2015
Reading fans' responses were somewhat surprising. My personal favourite being from #BushWatch pioneer Jacob South Klein...
Dear @ReadingFC, I sincerely think that we should retire squad number 7 in loving memory of our sweet, sweet Russian prince. Ta in advance.— Jacob South Klein (@JacobSouthKlein) June 8, 2015
But speculation of him leaving has cooled this week with no mention of the big Russian.
Love him or hate him, you just can't forget some of this man's moments in a Reading shirt. From curling in a brilliant finish at Cardiff to creating absolute scenes in the Bradford quarter final with a well placed header that sent us on our way to Wembley. However, Robson-Kanu has made it clear in recent years that he wants to play Premier League football (where arguably he has shown he can when we were in the top flight) and he has been linked away from the Madejski this summer with only 1 year left on his contract (According to the ever reliable Daily Mail).
New Signing!!!! (Well almost!)
Now, who remembers him? The former West Ham centre back was restricted to only 1 appearance last year which was in the 3-0 win over Rotherham. Now this may have classed as an appearance but Ferdinand went off injured at half time with a recurrence of his hamstring injury. So it was definitely a season to forget for him!
However, whilst the majority of the first team squad have got their feet up (excluding the Jamaica pair!), Ferdinand has been away training with MLS side Chicago Fire in an attempt to regain his fitness and play a crucial part for Reading next season. This makes me hopeful for him next season as we are short of central defenders at the moment with Alex Pearce having gone to Derby leaving Jake Cooper and Michael Hector as the only other recognised central defenders.
That concludes my transfer round up for this week - sadly nothing confirmed, but hopefully next week I'll have some new signings to talk about and how they can influence the team in what will be a very interesting season to say the least.