Reading Plot Move For Eccentric Tottenham Keeper Heurelho Gomes

McDermott eyes Brazilian.

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Newly-promoted Reading are preparing a bid for Tottenham’s unwanted goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.

The Berkshire club have been tracking the Brazilian for some time and want the former PSV custodian to provide competition for current number one Adam Federici next season.

Gangly Gomes, who was nicknamed the Octopus during his spell in Holland, has endured a miserable year at White Hart Lane, since falling behind veterans Brad Friedel and Carlo Cudicini in the pecking order at the start of the season. He did not make a single appearance in the League last term and managed just a handful of showings in the Carling Cup and Europa League.

Royals boss Brian McDermott is determined to strengthen his squad ahead of his first season in the Premier League and is eyeing a cut price deal the 31-year-old.

McDermott believes Gomes still has what it takes to be a top ‘keeper and is set to offer the ex-Brazil international a change of scene and the chance to rebuild his shattered confidence.

After signing for Spurs in summer 2008, Gomes endured a barrage of criticism from the press after a series of high-profile mistakes in his inaugural season in England.

Then-Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp kept faith in his number one and he proved a key player as the Lilywhites reached the Champions League courtesy of a fourth placed finish in 2009/10 season.

The 6 foot 3 inch stopper’s jitters returned the following season however, leading Spurs to bring in ageing Friedel from Aston Villa last summer.

Federici has been at Reading since 2005 and firmly established himself as the club’s number one after Marcus Hahnemann was realsed in 2009.

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