Sky Bet Championship side Reading have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Birmingham City striker Clayton Donaldson as Gary Rowett says ‘every player has their price’.
The 31-year-old signed for Birmingham last summer on a free transfer after snubbing a new contract at Brentford, who were promoted from League One, he went on to score 16 goals during his first campaign at St Andrews.
Reading and Leeds both had bids of £500,000 turned down by Birmingham over the last couple of weeks, but the Royals returned with an £800,000 offer with add ons of up to £1.6 million this week, which was also rejected.
It’s thought Gary Rowett is holding out for £1 million up front, but told Get Reading that every player has his price, saying: “Every player has a price tag. I think we are all aware of that.
“Clayton is 31 – but if we were to lose one of our better players then we would have to replace him and there’s always a value to that.
“If you look at the Clayton situation, regardless of any interest shown, we have not solicited any bids, we have not enticed any bids. He is a player we don’t want to sell.
“It’s just speculation, I fully expect and want Clayton to be our player next year, he is an integral part of what we are doing.”
Reading have already added Legia Warsaw striker Orlando Sa and Hull City midfielder Stephen Quinn to their ranks this year, and are hoping to make more additions to better their 19th placed finish last year.
Reading FC fans….. What do you make of this news? Would you like to see Clayton Donaldson at Reading next season? Would Donaldson and Sa be a clinical partnership up front? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!