Reading FC and Pogrebynak set for work permit hearingBy Jonny Fordham
June 27, 2012
Reading FC are putting all their efforts into finalising the free transfer of Pavel Pogrebnyak before moving on to other targets.
The Russia striker, 28, will become Royals’ sixth first-team striker when he is granted a work permit at a proposed hearing next week.
Pogrebnyak has returned home to Russia after completing his medical last week and agreeing terms on a reported four-year deal.
Huddersfield hotshot Jordan Rhodes, who netted a stunning 40 goals in 46 games last season, has also been linked with a move to Madejski Stadium.
But any move for the 23-year-old could depend on players heading for the exit door at Reading
Royals’ director of football Nick Hammond said: "Our main focus right now is to complete on the Pogrebnyak deal and then we will look again at where we sit.
"We already have five strikers at the club and good ones at that."
Brian McDermott’s side have also been linked with a sensational reunion with former midfield ace Gylfi Sigurdsson.
But the Reading Post has learned that Sigurdsson and his representatives have not held talks with McDermott nor owner Anton Zingarevich.
Sigurdsson would have been welcomed back to the club with open arms.
But he looks set to join either Liverpool or Tottenham Hotspur, who can easily afford to pay Hoffenheim the £8million transfer fee and the Iceland international’s wages.
Hoffenheim have told the 22-year-old that he has until the end of this month to sort out his future, which will be in England.
McDermott and Hammond have been working around the clock for a number of weeks and have their final transfer targets in mind ahead of the start of the 2012/13 Premier League season.
Hammond said: "We have spent a lot of time working together and we are happy with where we are at right now. Discussions are on-going all the time.
"Most years clubs generally get an early deal done for pre-season training and get their players back, then you see a flurry of activity as we get closer to the end of the window."