The Daily Mirror's writers have been busy speculating on who could well fill the number nine shirt at Reading next season and while there's little to back up either rumour, let's have some fun eh?
Firstly the paper claims that Swansea are on 'red alert' (are clubs ever on yellow alert?) to snap up Hal Robson-Kanu on a free-transfer this summer. The tabloid reports that Swansea and Villa both had bids rejected last summer and the Swans are now keen to bring the Wales international to the club. To support their claim, the paper carries a quote from Robson-Kanu that confirms he's put off contract talks until the summer, hinting that perhaps his future is away from Berkshire.
So should we believe this one? Well, Hal leaving the club this summer has been considered likely by the majority of fans for a long time, with Get Reading's Charles Watts also telling The Tilehurst End Podcast Extra that he sees HRK departing in the summer when his current deal runs out. Chris Gunter's new deal does point to some money being available but we've not heard the same noises out of the Robson-Kanu camp that we had from Gunter in the run-up to his contract signing. As for whether it'll be Swansea, it's hard seeing him attracting much interest from established Premier League sides so Swansea would fit the bill there, a move made more attractive by his Wales credentials.
So if Hal is leaving who is replacing him at the Madejski Stadium?
Well if the same paper are to be believed then former Royal Adam Le Fondre will be making a return to the Mad Stad this summer.
Again there's not much in the way of evidence here but both Alfie and Brian McDermott haven't been afraid to speak fondly of each other in recent weeks. Le Fondre has one-year left on his deal at Cardiff but has been away on loan for the last 18-months, most recently with Wolves where he's only managed three goals in 20 games. Financially the move would make sense for Cardiff who might well be able cancel out a sell-on clause or potential installments of Le Fondre's initial fee to Reading from two years ago; even if not, his poor year in the Midlands won't have done much to drive up his transfer value.
So there's your latest dose of paper talk Tilehurst Enders. Would you be happy to see Alfie in and Hal out or should Reading try to get both? How about neither? Have your say below.