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Reading FC transfer round-up: Full-back move back on, Contract extension ‘getting closer’, Olise urged to stay put

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Even though Reading manager Veljko Paunovic will want to strengthen his squad ahead of the new campaign, it has been a very quiet summer at the Madejski Stadium so far.

Sam Baldock, Sone Aluko, Sam Walker, Tennai Watson and Bayern-bound Omar Richards will all leave the Berkshire side for free on the expiry of their contracts – but no signings have been made just yet to replace the quintet.

The Royals were one of ten sides to be placed under a transfer embargo in March – and local outlet Berkshire Live understands the club are still under these restrictions after spending far too much on wages in recent years.

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Despite this embargo, there are still likely to be rumours on potential incomings and outgoings throughout the window. We take a look at three transfer developments that have happened at the Madejski Stadium in recent days.

Mena move back on?

Former Royals target Esneyder Mena was previously reported to have reached an agreement with Colombian side Deportivo Independiente Medellin to stay in his home nation, as per Múnera Eastman Radio.

However, the same outlet are now reporting there are complications with the deal, which could potentially reopen the door for Reading to swoop in.

If the 23-year-old does join, he is likely to be in direct competition with fellow right back Andy Yiadom, with Felipe Araruna’s injury record ruining his time in Berkshire thus far and Tom Holmes being moved back to central defence.

This is a position the Royals would ideally want to strengthen – but a new left back and wingers will be higher up on Paunovic’s agenda and current financial restrictions will limit the amount of business he can do this summer.

McIntyre to stay?

According to a source close to the club, he claims Reading are closing in on a new three-year deal for Tom McIntyre, potentially putting an end to months of speculation.

After the club agreed contract extensions with Michael Morrison and Luke Southwood last month, there were doubts over the future of the 22-year-old in Berkshire despite being a boyhood fan of the club and seemingly wanting to stay.

However, if this new deal is wrapped up, many Reading fans will be breathing a sigh of relief with other academy graduates including Danny Loader and Omar Richards leaving the club in the last year.

With an injury crisis/lack of depth in defence last season and his impressive performances, the Scottish youth international ended up making 26 appearances in the 2020/21 campaign and will look to be just as involved next year if he puts pen to paper on a new deal.

Reading legend gives Olise advice

In an interview with Football League World last week, former Reading player Lawrie Sanchez said Michael Olise should stay at the Madejski Stadium for one more year to aid his development.

However, the 19-year-old’s contract expires next summer and the Royals could risk losing him for free with Olise unlikely to sign a new contract. The Frenchman has interest from around Europe including French champions Lille and this interest from numerous sides is unlikely to cease throughout the window.

Even though Reading’s owner Dai Yongge is often reluctant to sell his prized assets, Reading’s current financial predicament and Olise’s ambition may force his hand this summer – and the club would be best served cashing in on him in the next few months – even on a cut-price deal.


A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who is set to graduate from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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