This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Reading are interested in signing Toulouse midfielder John Bostock this summer, according to The Sun (21/07, page 61).
The Royals are interested in signing the midfielder, but will face competition from their Championship rivals Nottingham Forest and Brentford, with the former having already enquired about his services.
Bostock began his professional career in the Championship with Crystal Palace in 2007/08 and has also been on the books of Tottenham Hotspur.
The midfielder has also had loan spells in the EFL with Brentford, Hull City, Sheffield Wednesday and Swindon Town, but has never really made in impact wherever he has been.
The 27-year-old has played for various clubs across Europe and spent last season in France with Toulouse, making 16 appearances in Ligue 1.
So, would Bostock be a good signing for Reading? We discuss…
“I’m not convinced he’s the best option for the Royals this summer.
“Bostock hasn’t exactly set the world alight since being with Toulouse, and I just can’t see him being able to adjust to life back in English football very easily.
“Jose Gomes should be targeting a more experienced option in the Championship for the time being, as they can’t afford to waste time for Bostock to settle into life in Berkshire, as they could well be in a relegation scrap once again.
“I have my reservations about this one, and would be surprised if they beat Nottingham Forest into signing him.”
“I could see this being a good signing for Reading.
“The Royals currently look rather short on numbers in midfield, and it likely they will need to change that between now and the end of the transfer window if they are to avoid another season battling relegation next year.
“While not spectacular, Bostock is a pretty solid midfielder who could help to shore up the centre of midfield for Jose Gomes’ side in the coming campaign, potentially helping them to see out games and collect crucial points come the end of the season.
“Even so, with the likes of Nottingham Forest and Brentford – who are likely to be looking further up the table next season – also said to be interested in Bostock, this could make it a difficult deal for Reading to pull off, and something of a confidence-boosting coup if they do.”
“Bostock is a decent player and would provide the Royals with some more strength in depth in midfield.
“He will definitely feel that he has a point to prove in English football and will be determined to make an impact, but Reading could be involved in another relegation battle next season and I think Jose Gomes will be looking for someone with a bit more experience.
“Of the three Championship clubs interested in him, I think Reading would probably be the best fit for Bostock, with Gomes needing some more options in midfield after Lewis Baker’s loan spell ended.
“The midfielder would also probably get more game time at Reading than he would at Nottingham Forest or Brentford, two teams who will be hoping to challenge for the top six next season.
“He could turn out to be a decent signing for the Royals, but it’s a little bit of a risk.”