Sunderland Were Priced Out Of A Move For Reading’s Pavel Pogrebnyak

Quinn reveals striker demanded huge wages.

Sunderland were priced out of a move for Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, according to the Black Cats former chairman Niall Quinn.

Pogrebnyak spent the second half of last season on loan at Fulham and had looked set to join the Cottagers for free this summer after his contract at Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart expired.

But the 28-year-old instead joined Reading, linking-up with the Royals’ new Russian owner Anton Zingarevich, much to the fury of Fulham boss Martin Jol.

And Quinn, who spent time as both chairman and rirector of international development at the Stadium of Light, says his former club were also very keen on the Russian.

“I know Sunderland had a look at him but his wage demands blew them out of the water,” Quinn said during Sky Sports commentary of the Premier League match between Reading and Tottenham.

Sunderland eventually landed Wolves striker Steven Fletcher for £12m and boss Martin O’Neill has admitted he is delighted with the Scot’s start to life in the north east.

“So far, he has been absolutely terrific, I am just delighted with him. I just couldn’t be more pleased,” the Ulsterman is quoted as saying by Sporting Life.

“All sorts of figures seem to be bandied around – I heard today we paid £14million for him – it was £12million, but he seems to be worth every single penny of it.

“I am just pleased for him. It’s nice for the crowd to take to him at this minute – that will give him a boost of confidence as much as anything else, but goals, of course, are very pleasing.”

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