Reading outcast, Vito Mannone is edging closer to securing a transfer away from Berkshire, with MLS side, Minnesota United emerging as the leading candidates to sign him.
Football.London journalist, Jonathan Low revealed that the two clubs were close to striking a deal that will see Mannone join the American club on loan until the end of the season.
— Jonathan Low (@jonathanl50) February 6, 2019
It will come as no surprise to see Mannone heading for the exit door at the Madejski Stadium, as he has been frozen out of the first-team picture for the majority of this season.
The former Arsenal goalkeeper has made just six appearances in this year’s league campaign and hasn’t featured since a disappointing display against Sheffield Wednesday in September.
He has fallen behind Anssi Jaakkola and Sam Walker in the pecking order, and with the recent arrival fo Emiliano Martinez on loan, it only pushes him further down that pecking order.
It was previously reported that Mannone was one of a number of players that had been transfer listed by newly appointed Reading boss, Jose Gomes according to the Reading Chronicle.
The 30-year-old will be hoping that a successful loan move away from the club can give Gomes a selection headache when he returns to the club in the summer.
It’s no shock to see him being loaned out.
But I am surprised by his potential destination, as I thought that Mannone could still do a job for any Championship side.
The only reason he has been frozen out by Jose Gomes is because he doesn’t suit his possession based style, but he is still an excellent shot-stopper at this level.