Reading midfielder Sone Aluko is in China as he prepares to finalise a move to Chinese Super League side Beijing Renhe, according to reports from Football London.
The 30-year old impressed for Fulham in the 2016-17 campaign where they were defeated in the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final by the Royals, and then moved to the Madejski Stadium the following season for a reported fee of £7.5million.
The Nigerian has endured a turbulent time during his stay at the Berkshire club however, finding the back of the net just once this season and scoring a total of just four goals in 59 games for Jose Gomes’ men.
Reports have now surfaced, however, that after being granted a Visa for a move away from the club, Aluko is in China and is putting the final touches to his move to Beijing Renhe, ahead of the start of the Chinese Super League campaign which begins on the 1st of March.
The move may come as a bit of a surprise to Reading fans – the attacking midfielder has started three of the Royals’ last four league games as they look to fight for survival.
Gomes’ men currently sit just outside of the relegation zone on goal difference, ahead of a massive game against Rotherham United this weekend, the team that sit below Reading.
This is a move that has really surprised me to be honest, after seeing that Aluko has been a part of Gomes’ plans recently.
Sure, the financial gain that Reading that could receive from the move may be too much to turn down, especially as they go about recruiting for the summer.
It’s an odd move from Aluko too – he is only 30 years of age but the Chinese league lacks real competition or any real atmosphere, so it’s odd to see him throw his career in England away already.