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EFL manager reacts when questioned on Chelsea transfer link

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Reading boss José Gomes has laughed off the deadline day rumour that linked Chelsea youngster Kenedy to the Royals on a season-long loan.

The 23-year-old was heavily linked with Reading on deadline day and would have been quite the coup, considering he was a key part of Rafa Benitez’ Newcastle squad in the Premier League last season.

The midfielder has been capped by Brazil at different youth age groups whilst making a number of appearances for current club Chelsea. He was also named as one of the substitutes in last Sunday’s game at Manchester United.

Kenedy’s move to Reading failed to materialise although the Royals did manage to bring back in Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria on a season-long loan.

Speaking to GetReading, José Gomes said: “There are a lot of rumours in this part of the market and sometimes people think about bringing in one player.

“But it’s not realistic. We now have the squad ready and closed.

“Now we can say this squad has enough quality to fight for our targets and ambitions the club has.”

Reading defeated Wycombe on Tuesday night in a penalty shootout at Adams Park.

Youngster Danny Loader netted the winning penalty, whilst new keeper Rafael Cabral became an instant hero after saving twice, from Nick Freeman and Fred Onyedinma.

The Verdict

José Gomes clearly didn’t want to go into too much detail about the transfer that failed to materialise. He was keeping coy and that seems like the correct approach.

The Portuguese boss also insisted that the team now has the quality to fight for his ambitions, which is positive to hear for supporters, knowing that the manager thinks the squad is capable of achieving targets.

Despite not signing Kenedy, Ejaria joined on a season-long loan and that isn’t the worst bit of business. He impressed on many an occasion last year at Reading and it’s a player who Gomes seemingly likes to have in his first XI.

Obviously, Kenedy would have been an exceptional signing and one that would have got the Royals supporters off their seats but with the other business that Reading have completed, there is no reason to be feel like they missed out.

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