Reading are yet to make a signing this month – but will there be any more outgoings?
Less than two weeks of the transfer window remains, and Reading are yet to announce their first signing under Mark Bowen.
The Welshman has said that he’s ‘focusing on what’s going on on the pitch‘ rather than off it. His side went nine games unbeaten in all competitions before their 2-0 loss at Millwall last time out, and find themselves in 16th for their trip to Nottingham Forest tonight.
Reading currently sit 12 points above 22nd-place Barnsley and ten off 6th-place Preston – a win at the City Ground could boost Reading into the top-half of the table.
Bowen hasn’t yet been busy in the transfer market but that won’t stop him from trimming his squad. Here we take a look at two players who should be on their way out this month:
The Italian stopper has this month returned to Berkshire after his loan-spell with Minnesota United in the MLS. It was a successful stint in the States – Mannone helped his side to the MLS play-off quarter-finals and was named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year as well.
But he’s returned to Reading where he finds himself as third-choice keeper. Rafael has made that starting spot his with some solid performances throughout the season, whilst Sam Walker has occupied the bench.
It’s understood that Reading will seek to offload Mannone this month, if not then in the summer. He’s one of the higher-earning players at the club and one who seemingly has no place at the club anymore – expect Mannone to be one of the first names out the door.
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Another high-earner at Reading who could be on his way out. Aluko was a reputable Premier League forward at one time with the likes of Hull City and Fulham, but his steady decline was summed up when he went on-loan to Beijing Renhe last year.
He’s since returned to Reading and has slowly worked his way back into the fold – he’s made two substitute appearances, both of them coming against Blackpool in the FA Cup this month.
Reading have a lot of strikers at the club and Aluko is well down the pecking order – George Puscas’ summer arrival, as well as Lucas Joao’s has further thrown Aluko down the ranks.
Now at 30-years-old, Aluko could well be on his way this month. He could again opt to go abroad but with 18-months still remaining on his Reading contract, he might be happy to sit in the Reading doldrums.