Newly promoted Reading set their sights on Premier League quality in order to avoid an immediate return to the Championship at the end of next season.
Following the successful season of Brian McDermott’s Reading side, the Royals boss knows that gaining promotion to the Premier League is one thing; staying there is another.
If Reading are to avoid the drop in their first full season back in England’s top tier of football, manager McDermott will know that he’ll have to invest heavily in quality players.
Reports this morning have linked the Royals with a summer move for Sunderland winger Kieran Richardson, who has struggled to break into the first team at the Stadium of Light under new manager Martin O’neil.
£2m rated Richardson can also play at left back, making him a sensible choice for the London side. The ex Manchester United player has scored 14 goals in 131 appearances for the Black cats since his 2007 move.
The London side have also been linked with a potential move for former England striker Andy Johnson. The Fulham striker’s contract is set to run out at the end of the season and is not within Johnson’s interests to sign a new deal if he’s to want first team football.
West Ham and QPR are also reportedly chasing the forward, with his wage demands possibly proving a barrier for the Royals. The ex Crystal Palace striker has endured a mixed spell at Craven Cottage with injury setbacks keeping him out for months at a time. Johnson has scored just 13 goals in 86 appearances for Fulham.
Rumours have also circulated that Reading are looking to sign former players Shane Long and Gylfi Sigurdsson, however these are still unconfirmed.
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