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on Thu 13 Sep 2018, 11:32 am
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Gianluca Nani appointed as sporting director

Championship side Reading have appointed Gianluca Nani as their new sporting director. The Italian has previously held similar roles at Italian outfit Brescia, Premier League clubs West Ham and Watford and Arabian side Al Jazira. Nani replaces Dutchman Brian Tevreden, who has left the post of technical director to become chief executive at Belgian side KSV Roeselare. 
Royals chief executive Ron Gourlay said Nani had "a proven pedigree. He has experience in nurturing young talent and creating recruitment and development structures," he told the club website.


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on Fri 05 Oct 2018, 1:15 am
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on Sun 28 Oct 2018, 9:29 am
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Reading are a eyeing Steve Bruce as a potential replacement for Paul Clement - his wages would be high but the money is available to spend. [@TheSun] #readingfc

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on Wed 05 Dec 2018, 11:05 pm
https://www.readingfc.co.uk/news/2018/december/nigel-howe-appointed-as-royals-ceo

Official Reading FC Club statement | Nigel Howe appointed as Royals CEO


Immensely experienced and successful Chief Executive resumes role at Reading Football Club
Reading Football Club are delighted to announce that Nigel Howe has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive at Madejski Stadium.In his role as Vice Chairman, Howe has been presiding over the club’s property development plans, including the delivery of a brand new state-of-the-art training complex at Bearwood and the proposals for the Royal Elm Park project. Considerable progress is now being made with those projects so Howe has agreed to continue to oversee those advancements but redirect his focus to the day-to-day management of the football club. A Chief Executive with more proven pedigree would be difficult to find.

Previously as CEO, Howe became one of the longest-serving in football during his tenure at the Royals’ helm. Howe held the position of Chief Executive at Reading for more than two decades, initially helping to guide the club through its transition from Elm Park to its brand new Madejski Stadium home in 1998. Nigel went on to steer the Royals to the top tier of English football for the first time in its history in 2006 - Steve Coppell earning Reading the title and a 106 points record which still stands to this day.

Reading returned to the Premier League as title-winners once more in 2012 and, in Howe’s final first team game as CEO, the club were just a penalty kick away from repeating the feat for a third time at Wembley in 2017. Howe has football running through his veins; his father, Dick, played for various clubs and his uncle was former Arsenal and England coach, Don Howe. And Nigel himself can certainly be considered ‘one of our own’, having played such an integral part in the club during the most successful period in its history.

Nigel currently occupies a position on the EFL Board as a Championship representative and was last year awarded with a Degree of Doctor of Science by Aston University - in recognition of his significant contribution to the business and football community and enhancing the life chances of young people through sport. Now, we welcome him back as Chief Executive. 

Owner Mr Yongge Dai said, “As we said recently, the importance of this appointment was not to be underestimated and, as owners, we sought a CEO who would be the right fit for Reading. In Nigel Howe, the club’s direction is being entrusted to a very safe pair of hands and an individual who knows the club, its staff, the town, its reputation, its supporters and its potential better than anyone. He has tasted success here before and I believe he can help us to achieve more success in the future. So we are very much looking forward to working closely with Nigel and his senior management team to build a positive future for this football club.”

Howe said, “I am honoured that the club’s owners have asked me to retake the reins and help lead this club forward. Both on and off the pitch, challenges lie ahead. However, with our fans’ support, I am very pleased to accept this exciting opportunity to help the club better engage with our fans, better connect with our community, establish its identity and achieve its aspirations going forward.”

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@daib0 wrote:What do you guys think, looking in from the outside? Last season was Reading's worst league position finish in 15 years, after almost having been a yo-yo team between Premier/Championship. OK, you'll say, we should be grateful for a nice 21st century so far! But this season ... almost rock bottom (maybe QPR are even worse?!). But have we entered a downward spiral? If so, Division 1 awaits us next season. How do you see things? From a rather despondent Daib0!! 

The Championship always looks a hard league to me. maybe it is due to the riches that await if you get up. It shows in how hard it is for Premier league relegated teams to get back up and they have balloon payments to help!
Reading have bounced up and down near bottom for me and need more consistency and it doesn't help sacking the managers as often (they have again today). They need to give it a chance with a manager as it takes time to turn things around especially as there are now transfer windows so a new manager can't just go straight into the market and get players he wants even if they had the budget.

It is tight at the bottom and a couple of wins could lift them up a bit. getting tose wins though may be easier said than done.

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on Thu 06 Dec 2018, 6:19 pm
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Marc McNulty reveals what Paul Clement said to players about his Reading FC exit
The Scottish striker said the squad was told the news on Thursday morning
Reading striker Marc McNulty has revealed what former manager Paul Clement said to them in the wake of his departure. Clement left the club on Thursday morning after less than nine months in charge and the club hovering above the Championship relegation zone. The 46-year-old announced to the players at Hogwood on Thursday morning he was leaving the club.
McNulty said: "It was a shock - we were getting changed to go out and train like normal. We were told a meeting had been called and even then we thought it was going to be about [this weekend's game against] Sheffield United. It wasn't too long - it was short and sharp. I think the manager was surprised and the players were surprised as well.
We never saw it coming.
He wished us luck and said he thought the performances were getting better and maybe turning a little bit. And he wished the boys the best of luck for the future."
Clement guided Reading to just seven wins in his 30 games in charge since taking over from Jaap Stam at the end of March. McNulty was one of eight summer signings made by the former Derby County and Swansea City boss and had just broken into the first team. The former Coventry City frontman bagged his first goal for the club in last weekend's 2-2 draw with Stoke City.
He admitted the players must shoulder a large portion of the blame for the poor results.
"It's disappointing because you don't want anyone to lose their job," said McNulty. "And on a personal level he brought me in in the summer so it's disappointing. At the end of the day it's us players who go onto the pitch and need to perform. The manager picks the team and tactics but the players have to take a bit of responsibility as well. We're the ones who go out and get his ideas across."
U23s boss Scott Marshall is has taken temporary charge of the side, although the club are aiming to make a swift appointment. Royals host Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon at Madejski Stadium before visiting fellow strugglers Rotherham United a week later. McNulty admits having a new boss does concern players and their chances of keeping their place in the starting line-up.
"There's always a worry and everyone in the dressing room would be the same," said the 26 year old. "A new manager will come in with his own ideas and might want his own players but that's part and parcel of football. We have to deal with it and just work hard and hopefully catch the eye of the new manager."
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on Fri 07 Dec 2018, 5:58 pm
Reading FC close in on Portuguese coach Luis Castro as super-agent Kia Joorabchian's power grows


Reading FC news includes the latest on the search for a new manager at Madejski Stadium


Reading could appoint Luis Castro as their new manager as controversial football agent Kia Joorabchian attempts to take an increasingly influential role at the club. Joorabchian is not a stranger to Madejski Stadium, having been a key figure behind the scenes during the previous Thai owners spell in charge due to his close relationship with Pairoj Piempongsant, the man who first brought Samrit Bunditkisada and Lady Sasima Srivikorn to Berkshire.


The Iranian-born businessman was behind several of the transfer deals that fist took place during the Thai’s reign, such as the moves for Orlando Sa, Paolo Hurtado, Lucas Piazon and Ola John. Joorabchian’s influence had diminished in the past two years, however, but he has now returned to the scene and football.london understands he has been present at the last two Reading matches at Madejski Stadium. His influence has grown so much that sporting director Gianluca Nani agreed to leave as he felt his position had become untenable.

Clement was dismissed on Thursday following a dismal spell in Berkshire which saw him oversee just seven wins in 30 games. He was sacked a day after Nigel Howe returned to the club as chief executive to replace Ron Gourlay. Vitoria Guimaraes manager Castro is a client of Joorabchian and football.london understands there have been talks over the him taking over at Madejski Stadium. Those discussions are continuing with Joorabchian having travelled to Portugal to try and get a deal done. Castro only took over at Vitoria Guimaraes, who play in the Portuguese top flight, earlier this year and has had stints with Rio Ave and GD Chaves since leaving Porto in 2016.


He spent three years in charge of the Portuguese giants’ B team between 2013 and 2016, with an interim spell in charge of the first-team in 2014. It is understood he does not speak English well and it would cost Reading around €1 million to get him and his coaching staff out of their roles at Vitoria Guimaraes.


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on Fri 28 Dec 2018, 1:45 pm
Reading FC look an absolute certainty to be relegated - BBC pundit's brutal assessment of Royals


Mick Gooding says League One is getting ever closer for Royals


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BBC pundit and Reading legend Mick Gooding has launched a scathing assessment of the club in its current state. It comes after the 1-0 defeat by Millwall on Boxing Day which saw Royals drop into the relegation zone in the Championship table. Jose Gomes' side - who had two players sent off in the game - are just four points off the bottom having won four times in 24 games this season.
Former Reading midfielder Mick Gooding believes the club is 'a certainty' for relegation to League One if it continues in its current form. "The team are miles away from where most Reading fans expect their team to be," he said
 
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on Sat 05 Jan 2019, 12:24 am
Reading have confirmed that striker Ben House will spend the rest of the season on loan with Swindon Town in League Two.

House is a Scotland Under 20 international who has been catching the eye for the Reading Under 23 side this season. He’s bagged eleven goals in just 16 outings and will now get a chance at senior football in the basement division with the Robins. The 19-year old has played in two senior matches, albeit for Reading’s Under 21 side in the EFL Trophy last season against Colchester and Southend. He grabbed his first senior goal on his debut against Colchester as the two sides drew 2-2.

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on Mon 21 Jan 2019, 4:02 pm
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Reading are poised to sign Norwich City forward Nelson Oliveira with the Portugal international due for a medical at the Madejski Stadium, HITC Sport understands. Norwich are ready to offload Oliveira during this month's transfer window as the player does not figure in Daniel Farke's plans going forward at Carrow Road. The 27-year-old has been frozen out of things at Norwich this season and has not played for the club this term.


A number of clubs have been chasing Oliveira's signature this month, but Reading are in pole position to land the former Benfica hit-man. Reading boss Jose Gomes admitted he was an admirer of his fellow Portuguese following Saturday's defeat to Derby and the club have moved quickly to agree a deal with Norwich for Oliveira.


Reading are desperate to bolster their attacking options before the close of the transfer window and they see Oliveira as someone who can fire them to safety in the second half of the season.


https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2019/01/21/norwichs-nelson-oliveira-set-for-reading-medical 

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on Sun 02 Jun 2019, 7:06 am
Reading defender Paul McShane has been released by the Championship club following the conclusion of the 2018-19 season. The 33-year-old Republic of Ireland international joined Reading following his release by Hull City in 2015. A club captain with the Royals, McShane went on to make 103 appearances during his time at the Madejski Stadium.


Anssi Jaakkola, Joey van den Berg, George Legg, Danzell Gravenberch and Callum Harriott are also leaving.

Goalkeeper Jaakkola, 32, made 44 appearances for the club while van den Berg, 33, turned out 68 times since joining from Heerenveen in 2016.

Prior to the end of the season, defender John O'Shea announced his retirement at the age of 38.

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on Thu 13 Jun 2019, 10:39 pm
Reading FC head to Spain for two week pre season tour


Royals will be based in Estepona between July 7 and 21

Reading will head to Spain for a two-week training camp in July to prepare for the new season. Royals will be based in Estepona, in the south of the country between Gibraltar and Malaga. The first-team squad are expected to fly to Andalucia on Sunday, July 7, before returning on Sunday, July 21. The club are hoping to play several back-to-back games during their two-week stay, like they did in the Netherlands two weeks' ago. All games are expected to be behind closed doors, so fans are unable to attend. Meanwhile, Reading will play a friendly at Madejski Stadium on the Saturday before the start of the season - Saturday, July 28 at 3pm.

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on Thu 18 Jul 2019, 12:08 pm
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PLAYERS THAT READING STILL NEED TO SELL THIS TRANSFER WINDOW


At the end of last season, it was clear that Reading needed to shift on numerous players in the summer transfer window. Whilst the club have managed to release a number of players on the expiration of their contract, the Royals are finding it difficult to sell those who have been placed on the transfer list. If Reading are to have a successful season, they need to sell some of these players so they can add more signings to the squad. Their EFL soft transfer embargo means they are currently having difficulty doing that.
Here are five players that Reading still need to sell in this summer transfer window.


Chris Gunter
After joining the club from Nottingham Forest in the 2012 window ahead of the club’s last Premier League campaign, Gunter was one of the first teams on the team sheet up until the arrival of former Barnsley full-back Andy Yiadom last summer. He spent most of the last campaign on the bench, something he hasn’t been accustomed to since his arrival at the club. At 29, the Wales international could easily move to another Championship club and is probably one of the most wanted players on this list..




David Meyler
One of the harder players to shift on will be David Meyler, who only arrived at the Royals last year. Despite being firmly in former manager Paul Clement’s plans at the start of the season, starting against Derby County in the first league game of last season, the Irishman barely featured for the Royals. It’s fair to say the former Premier League midfielder has taken a fall from grace since his time at Hull City.




Garath McCleary
Just like Gunter, McCleary arrived from Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2012. After a couple of very impressive seasons with the Royals, scoring brilliant goals and terrifying fullbacks across the top two divisions, injury has dominated his time in Berkshire. The Jamaican seems to have lost a yard of pace since his injury and is no longer able to dominate the opposition left back like he used to.  If McCleary had stayed fit and kept up his fantastic form that he showed in the 2013/14 season, he might have signed for a Premier League club. There’s also no doubt that he was one of the smartest signings of the 2012/13 campaign by Brian McDermott.




Adrian Popa
The Romanian winger was brought in to the club by Jaap Stam in the middle of the successful 2016/17 season, where Reading reached the playoff final against Huddersfield. After a couple of loan spells abroad, he’s another winger who has been placed on the transfer list by Jose Gomes. It’s unlikely that Popa will stay in England if he does switch clubs and would perhaps favour a move back to his native country of Romania. At 30 years old, he needs to make the most of his playing career whilst he can.


Marc McNulty
The striker signed from Coventry City last summer, after playing a bit part in the Sky Blues’ playoff promotion to League One in the previous season. Although McNulty was tipped to play a reasonable amount of football at Reading last season, he faced stiff competition from Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Yakou Meite and Sam Baldock. It’s clear that McNulty desperately wants to be playing first team football as soon as possible and is one of the more likely players on the transfer list to leave the Madejski Stadium between now and the closure of the summer window.




Full article: https://reading.vitalfootball.co.uk/players-that-reading-still-need-to-sell-this-transfer-window

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on Thu 18 Jul 2019, 12:17 pm
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'Mr Dai won’t be backed into a corner' - Moore says Reading FC will not be pushed around in transfer market


Royals' skipper admits the players understand the club's financial problems this summer


Reading captain Liam Moore insists the club's owner Dai Yongge will not be backed into a corner in this summer's transfer market. Royals' problems with Financial Fair Play (FFP) have been well documented and boss Jose Gomes has stressed he is desperate to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season. The club needs to move a number of players on to allow the manager to bring players in, but Royals are struggling to shift the players they do not want. However, Moore believes the club won't allow themselves to be exploited by others looking to take advantage of the financial issues.


"FFP has not been hidden, everybody knows the situation and that's better," said the defender. "We've got a very honest and open manager that speaks about it. We all know the situation. The manager wants players, us senior players want players as well because we want the standards to step up. But we understand the situation is what it is.  Mr Dai won't be backed into a corner - it won't be as if he's just going to sell anybody to sort out these problems. He will look to do it in his way and that's fair enough. We all want to push in the same direction - that's to get up the league table. Players are needed for that and I'm pretty sure the club will do what they can to do that so you can't complain as a player."
 
Gomes has until 5pm on Thursday, August 8 - the end of the summer transfer window - to add to his Reading squad. Moore highlighted the impact made by the five loan signings in January and the crucial role they had in keeping the side in the Championship. Emi Martinez, Matt Miazga, Lewis Baker, Ovie Ejaria and Nelson Oliveira all became fan favourites at Madejski Stadium but the likelihood of any of the five returning is extremely slim. Moore struck up a superb partnership with Chelsea loanee Miazga in central defence over the last few months of the season. The former Leicester City man admitted:


"I asked all of the loan players at the end of last season not to leave! If we could have kept them it would have left us in good stead going into this season but it is what it is. Chelsea have got stuff going on and want to look at all their players. Matt is a good lad, he'd fit in well and did well for us last season coming in at the deep end. If they [Reading's recruitment team] can get him in I am sure they will but if they can't I hope they can do the same job as last season and bring in some good players."


Reading have four days left of their training camp in Spain and face back-to-back games against Lincoln City and Granada on Saturday. They then take on Peterborough United and Chelsea next week back in the UK before the season opener against Sheffield Wednesday. Moore, who was recently named officially as the new captain, is set to have a major role being one of the senior players at the club. He is the only senior centre-back on Royals' books and has been partnered by academy stars Tom McIntyre and Gabriel Osho in pre-season . Moore says he is not fussed who he ultimately plays with in the league, but is keen to strike up a partnership with them as soon as possible.


"I made it clear last season it wasn't ideal changing centre-back partners all the time," he said. "I've moved across to the right in pre-season but I've always been on the left in my Reading career so it's a good learning curve for me. I can do either side. But whoever does come in or if no-one comes in, it will be good to strike up a partnership very early and not learn halfway through the season because it's not ideal when you don't know each other's games. Whatever happens I am comfortable - Tom [McIntyre] has done very well when he has played. He looks to have an old head on young shoulders. He has a few things which are a bit different at first team level and I'm hoping I'm teaching him a few things and helping him through. I'm confident if someone comes in or if it's Tom or any of the younger lads they will slot in nicely. The manager is very open and honest - he wants his players in. I respect him a lot for that. It'll be great to have them in for pre-season games to get to know each other but we have to be patient. I understand that. The market in general has been quite quiet this year and hopefully things start to speed up. Last season the additions we bought in in January helped us a lot to keep us up and if we can replace them with a similar kind of quality then we can hope to start the season in much better form."

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on Fri 19 Jul 2019, 8:16 pm
Spanish giants plotting surprise move for 57-goal Championship winger


Spanish giants Sevilla are plotting a move for Reading winger Modou Barrow, according to Spanish news outlet ElGol Digital.


The Gambian winger joined the Royals from fellow Championship side Swansea City and in 2017 after a series of unsuccessful loan spells elsewhere and has since become something of a fans favourite at the Madejski Stadium.
Interest in the 26-year-old has been rife throughout the transfer window so far with Reading already turning down several loan-to-buy deals from Turkish top-flight clubs with the interest forcing the club’s Chinese owners to produce a statement claiming Barrow is not for sale, ‘even for £10million’.

Full article: https://the72.co.uk/139342/spanish-giants-plotting-surprise-move-for-57-goal-championship-winger

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on Fri 19 Jul 2019, 8:18 pm
Reading Confirm Signing Of Michael Morrison


The centre-back left Birmingham earlier this summer.


Reading have confirmed the signing of free agent Michael Morrison on a two year deal. The centre-back was most recently the captain of Birmingham City, but was released by the Blues earlier this summer after over four years at the club. Having come through Cambridge United’s academy before playing over 100 games for their first team, Morrison then played for Leicester City, Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic before moving to St. Andrew’s initially on loan and then permanently. To date he has 563 career appearances to his name and 35 goals.

The 31-year-old will add some much needed experience to Reading’s backline, with the departures of Paul McShane and John O’Shea, and the expiry of Matt Miazga’s loan, leaving Liam Moore as the only senior centre-back. Youngsters Tom McIntyre, Gabriel Osho and Akin Odimayo are all also in Spain on the pre-season tour.

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READING EXPECTED TO MOVE FOR EJARIA


Championship side Reading are expected to make a move to bring Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria back to the club, according to journalist Courtney Friday. Friday revealed the news on his personal Twitter account on Saturday, name checking Ejaria personally as a player set to arrive at the Madejski Stadium before the transfer window closes.

Royals boss Jose Gomes confirmed recently, as per The Tilehurst End, that the soft transfer embargo the south east club was under has now been lifted. Friday provided an update: 


“Great news that the embargo has now been lifted. Would expect to see Ejaria, perhaps among one or two others, through the door soon. Still need to get bodies out though. #readingfc.”


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Combative midfielder seals season-long loan switch to the Madejski


The 27-year-old will take squad number 29 after completing a medical and signing his contract at Hogwood Park earlier this afternoon, sealing a move from AS Monaco to the Madejski. Reading Football Club are pleased to announce that midfielder Pelé has put pen to paper on season-long stay in RG2. Manager José Gomes said: 

“Pelé is a strong, powerful, talented midfielder who has impressed at a number of different clubs, especially in Portugal, so I am very pleased he has joined us here at Reading.”


Full article: https://www.readingfc.co.uk/news/2019/august/pele-is-a-royal

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Reading Football Club are delighted to announce that Brazilian goalkeeper Rafael has signed a three-year contract at the club. The 29-year-old stopper joins permanently to swap Serie A side Sampdoria for squad number 33 at Madejski Stadium.
Manager José Gomes said:

 “In Rafael, we have a goalkeeper who can bring valuable experience of football played at the very highest level. He will be an excellent addition to our core team of goalkeepers and I look forward to welcoming him into my squad.”


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READING JOIN CHAMPIONSHIP RIVALS IN THE RACE FOR 23-Y/O ATTACKER

Reading have joined Birmingham City in the race to sign Inter Milan striker George Puscas, according to TUTTOmercatoWEB.com. The 23-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Birmingham this summer, but this latest report states that Reading are now the favourites to sign him, as Jose Gomes looks to strengthen his squad before the transfer deadline on Thursday.


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Player on his way to Reading after ‘agreement reached’ – ‘Ready for his new adventure’


After claims that Birmingham City had presented the best offer for Inter’s George Puscas, it seems Reading FC are the ones who have won the race. According to TuttoMercatoWeb, the player is on his way to England on Wednesday afternoon, where he will reportedly sign a five year contract with the Championship club today once he arrives on this side of the Channel.


The fee isn’t mentioned, but there was talk of Inter hoping to make close to €10m from the Romania international. Either way, an ‘agreement has been reached’ between the two clubs, and Puscas is ‘ready for his new adventure in England’.


Reading are ‘waiting for him’ to arrive, where he will hopefully help the Royals improve on their 20th finish from last season. The 23-year-old spent last season on loan at Palermo in Serie B where he scored nine goals and assisted teammates three times in 33 appearances.


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Coventry City are set to complete the signing of Reading right-back Tennai Watson on loan, a source close to the player has exclusively told Football League World’s Chief Editor Sam Rourke.


The 22-year-old spent last season out on loan with AFC Wimbledon in League One and is now set for a move back to the third-tier after failing to make the matchday squad in any of the Royals five Championship matches this season.

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Bowen does not fear Reading FC losing best players in January transfer window


Royals' sporting director says he is not worried about losing star 


Readings sporting director Mark Bowen says he does not fear the club's best players leaving in the January transfer window. Royals' recent run of four wins in the past five games is making people sit up and take notice of the side this season.


Midfielder Ovie Ejaria in particular is catching the eye and is the top rated player in the division according to stats site WhoScored.com . Reading are up to 11th place in the Championship table and should the team keep up their excellent form, other clubs could come circling for Royals' star players in January. But Bowen says fans should not be worried about potentially losing any of the star players.


"I think that's a good thing," he said. "Swansea sold two players in the summer and got £32m though the door."And at this stage it doesn't seem to have affected them too much. The healthy position for this club is to have a lot of players coveted by other clubs. It means the club is doing well, winning games and all the things that go with it."


Reading experienced a huge turnover of personnel over the summer, with 10 new players brought in.
As things stand 14 players have left the club but that figure could increase with the transfer windows open in League One and Two, as well as abroad, until next Monday. Some of the fringe players of the squad are expected to leave, while several youngsters could also be on the move for some first-team experience.

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The key arguments for and against Jose Gomes staying as Reading FC manager


Royals' boss is under severe pressure after his team dropped into the relegation zone on Saturday
 
Reading manager Jose Gomes is coming under increasing pressure after his side dropped into the Championship relegation zone on Saturday evening. The 1-0 loss to Bristol City at Ashton Gate was Royals' fifth in the past six matches and was their seventh overall in 11 league games. With the club spending vast amounts of money over the summer and the manager having promotion ambitions, being so close to relegation is not a situation any one at the club wants to be in. There is now a two-week international break but whether Gomes is given the time to turn things around remains to be seen. Here is a closer look at some of the key arguments for and against him staying as Royals boss.


 
FOR


Time - we're only 11 games into the season - that's less than a quarter of the way in. Had Gomes had all of the summer to work with the players this argument would have been weakened somewhat. But when important players such as Ovie Ejaria, George Puscas and Lucas Joao came in so late in the transfer window - so late the season had already started - it's unfair to judge them too harshly given the fact they are still adapting to their new surroundings. Clearly none have really hit the ground running, but to make an instant impact so soon was always a big ask. Fans have seen glimpses of their talent - and of course have seen Ejaria be the game changer on several occasions last year - so the players do have the ability to turn the situation around.

Knowledge - Gomes knows his squad inside out - collectively and individually and where their strengths and weaknesses lie. This is something he has built up over time. He has a strong relationship with the players which is crucial in times of hardship. It's now about sticking together and coming out on the other side in a stronger fashion. He did it last season and guided the club to survival. There is no reason why he cannot do it again.

 Team displays - Reading are not being thrashed 3-0 or 4-0 every week. They are 'in' the majority of games most weeks and do create chances. Going forward they do look a threat and have players who can open up defences. Some of the recent defeats could easily have been draws or even wins. History - the club has been through its fair share of managers in recent years. Six in the past six and a half years to be precise. It has got them a few quick fixes but when you look at the bigger picture, they are still just an average Championship side at best. There is no reason to suggest a change here would do much for the long-term future of the club. Stability is crucial.

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Stats - Reading have won nine times in 38 games under Gomes. Put simply that is relegation form. The stats do not lie. At the rate they are going, finishing in the bottom three is a very real possibility. Aside from a week in mid October when Royals won two and drew once, it's been defeat after defeat. Gomes has simply been unable to get the results required to have Reading fighting in the right half of the table.


Puzzling decisions - Gomes has made some big decisions in recent weeks, such as playing Yakou Meite and Lucas Boye as wing-backs, calling out star duo George Puscas and Lucas Joao, and saying his side won't lose another game after winning one. It has led to plenty of raised eyebrows among fans who question whether he knows what he is doing. Somewhat random decisions can sometimes show a manager veering off line in a desperate bid to make everything fall in to place.


Losing fans - the feel-good factor and positivity among Reading supporters at the start of the season is swiftly disappearing. There are many fans who have turned on the manager and would like a fresh face in. Boos at the full time whistle in the past few games show all is not well among the fanbase. And overall attendances at home and away games have been mediocre. There are still plenty of fans staying away having lost interest in the club.

Track record - Gomes has had a long and varied coaching career but he has failed to settle at any one club for a long period. He has not been an outstanding success with a club. History indicates he does not stay long at whatever side he is at. It suggests he may be a short-term solution, but is generally not regarded as a long-term fix which is what Reading crave.


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