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Reading FC boss Jaap Stam plotting move for 27-year-old striker to bolster frontline

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With a new manager in the place in the form of ex-Dutch international Jaap Stam, Reading are set to make a move for AZ Alkmaar striker Robert Muhren, according to Soccernews.nl.

Reading struggled for goals last season, which played a part in their disappointing 17th place finish in the Championship.

The side’s top scorer was Nick Blackman with 11 league goals, but he left for Derby County in the January transfer window.

Jaap Stam looks set to go to his homeland to sign a new forward, with a bid for AZ Alkmaar forward Robert Muhren likely.

According to Soccernews.nl, the player admitted he may stay with AZ and fight for a first team place, but that decision may be taken out of his hands if Reading make an acceptable bid.

The 27-year-old, nephew of ex-Ipswich and Manchester United midfielder Arnold Muhren, could be available at a knockdown price having failed to make much of an impression with Alkmaar last season – he netted just once in the Eredivisie in 18 appearances.

However, in the striker’s defence, he only started once and had to make do with limited chances from the bench to make his mark.

Stam may feel that his countryman has the skills to succeed in the Championship if given a regular starting role, and with a good knowledge of the league due to a recent coaching stint with Ajax, Reading fans will be hoping he has spotted a bargain in Muhren.

What’s your opinion, Royals fans? Are you excited by this potential new signing? Sound off in the comments below and let us know your thoughts!


David is a freelance writer and football obsessive, and chats about football on Twitter @davefox990

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Article title: Reading FC boss Jaap Stam plotting move for 27-year-old striker to bolster frontline

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