Although Championship side Reading have failed to make any signings so far this summer, they have seen quite a few players leave the Select Car Leasing Stadium over the past few months.
Sam Baldock, Sone Aluko, Sam Walker and Tennai Watson left the club on the expiration of their contracts at the start of last month, with first-choice left-back Omar Richards rejecting fresh terms in Berkshire and opting to join former Champions League winners Bayern Munich instead.
Another academy graduate in Michael Olise has also left the club to link up with Premier League outfit Crystal Palace for an £8m fee – and with these recent departures – this has left the squad looking relatively thin.
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However, more players could be set to follow them through the exit door between now and the end of the window on August 31st.
Outcast Marc McNulty is set to join Dundee United on a loan deal according to the Daily Record – and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see another one or two leave as the Royals look to persuade the EFL to give them more freedom in the transfer market.
We take a look at two potential candidates who could be joining Scottish forward McNulty in leaving the club.
This might be a surprising addition considering that the Romanian and Lucas Joao are the only two senior forwards at the club as things stand. You could count McNulty as the third, but it’s clear he isn’t in manager Veljko Paunovic’s plans.
Puscas joined for a reported club-record £7.5m fee from Inter Milan back in August 2019 – but has failed to live up to expectations in Berkshire thus far and could look for a way out of the club this summer before the window closes.
The striker was denied the opportunity to represent his country at the Olympics this summer by the Royals, something that must have damaged his morale going into the 2021/22 campaign.
It’s also clear he struggles up top on his own – and that isn’t ideal considering Paunovic only operates with one up top.
If the Royals are given the freedom to make a number of signings this summer, the Championship outfit may decide to cash in on Puscas whilst they can still get a seven-figure fee for his services and opt for an attacking rebuild.
This may not happen in the summer window considering the limited amount of time they have left to get deals done and the other areas to address, but a replacement for the 25-year-old in the next few weeks before adding one or two more forwards to their armoury in January may be an option they could pursue, depending on the EFL.
Don’t panic Reading fans! This is likely to be a loan deal.
The 18-year-old has been linked with Premier League giants Arsenal and Manchester United in the past, but committed his future to the Royals in 2019 and could potentially be pushing for a place in the first-team shortly.
Rafael is coming into the final year of his contract, with Luke Southwood and Jokull Andresson as other potential long-term goalkeeping options at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.
The former started against Swansea City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night – and arguably stopped the Welsh side from scoring more than three in their victory.
But Andresson, who is currently on loan at third-tier Morecambe, received rave reviews from his time at Exeter City earlier this year and could leapfrog Southwood in the pecking order.
One man who will be looking to beat them all is Boyce-Clarke, who is highly-rated in the Royals’ academy and has represented England at youth international level.
After spending time with the club’s Under-23s, it could now be the time for the teenager to prove his worth out on loan.