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Steve Clarke: Reading won’t wait forever on Donaldson and Beric

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Reading manager Steve Clarke says the club won’t wait forever on targets Robert Beric and and Clayton Donaldson.

Clarke is prepared to utilise youth

Clarke remains keen on Robert Beric and Clayton Donaldson

The Royals are on the lookout for a new striker after a season where they struggled to find goals, particularly during the second half of the season.

They’ve already added Legia Warsaw striker Orlando Sa to their ranks in a deal worth £1 million, as they hope he can reignite his career in England.

They’ve had a ‘good offer’ rejected for Slovenian striker Robert Beric, who scored 27 times in 31 appearances last season, but Rapid Vienna want around €5 million for him.

Birmingham City striker Clayton Donaldson is also a target, and the Royals have had two bids rejected for his signature, the last totalling £850,000 with add ons.

He told Get Reading: “The fact that we’ve been linked to these players and Nigel Howe has said bids have been turned down shows we are still working.

“But if it gets to the stage where the bids are not going to be good enough, then we have to move on to other targets.

“And we do have other targets that are not public. And you know me, that’s the way I like it, when you can do your work under the radar.

“Business is not finished. The players that we’ve got in have helped, but we want to do more.

“It was important to get business done early and we’ve done our business quite quickly.

“The fact that we got Jonathan [Bond] and the other three boys in before we came here (to Thailand), I would class as early business.

“But now you have the window open until the end of August and you can expect to see more movement around our squad.”

Reading are aiming for promotion next season and have already made four additions in Sa, Stephen Quinn, Paul McShane and Jonathan Bond.

Reading fans… What do you make of this news? Do you want Beric and Donaldson to sign the dotted line? Let us know in the comments below.

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