Reading FC join the race for Nottingham Forest starBy Jonny Fordham
May 04, 2012
Nottingham Forest's player-of-the-season Garath McCleary is in talks over a possible free transfer to Reading.
The 24-year-old winger scored nine goals this season, including four in one game as Forest beat Leeds United 7-3 at Elland Road in March.
Quick, powerful and skilful, McCleary is out of contract this summer and is allowed to talk to prospective clubs.
A former non-league star, McCleary was a trainee at Oxford United before he was released and snapped up by Slough Town – both former clubs of Royals boss Brian McDermott.
Reading, though, will face competition from fellow Premier League clubs West Bromwich Albion, Norwich City and Wigan.
McCleary said recently: “It would be nice to play in the Premier League.
“I think any player would want to play there at some stage of their career.
“If it was with Forest, then brilliant, but I can’t say what the future will hold. We’ll see what happens.”
McDermott has wasted no time in planning for life in the Premier League, but has taken time away from footballing matters this week by joining the rest of his squad in Marbella, Spain.
Reading return from their promotion party today and McDermott is expected to get back to work with director of football Nick Hammond as they try to bring in their first signing of the summer.