It’s sure to be a very busy transfer window for Mark Bowen at Reading when it eventually comes around, as the boss tries to make his mark on the squad.
The Royals are currently languishing in the bottom half of the Championship and whilst they boast several talented individuals, it’s clear they need reinforcements if they are to challenge for the play-offs moving forward.
And, TEAMtalk have suggested that Dynamo Kyiv winger Carlos de Pena is a target. The ex-Middlesbrough man has scored five goals in the current campaign and the report claims the Royals are leading the chase ahead of several fellow Championship sides for the player.
Even though he has done reasonably well in Ukraine, here we outline THREE reasons why signing de Pena would make no sense…
He failed in England previously
The obvious concern is the fact that the wide man struggled in England previously.
Having joined Boro for around £2.5m, de Pena barely featured and mutually agreed to terminate his contract after two years. Clearly, he didn’t adapt to the Championship or the country and those worries will still be there for Reading.
It’s not a smart investment
At 28, de Pena is probably entering his peak years but his value would drop significantly if this move didn’t work out.
This isn’t someone Reading could sign and sell on for a major profit and even though no fee was mentioned, Dynamo Kyiv won’t want to sell on the cheap.
They need proven players
Finally, Bowen is right to be targeting wide men as more productivity is needed from that area of the pitch.
However, given that importance, you could argue the Royals should be targeting a proven player at this level. Clearly, de Pena would be a massive risk and the Berkshire outfit aren’t in a position where they need to gamble on someone who has struggled in England before.