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Busy Week For Transfers At Reading

08 August 2019
By Hob Nob Anyone?

It has been a very busy week for the Royals in the transfer market ahead of the window closing. The Royals have unexpectadly dramatically increased the depth of their squad with a series of big signings of International players. We will head into our second game of the season with a much improved squad and with plenty of options available to manager Jose Gomes as he looks to keep us clear of another relegation battle this season.

Earlier this week we signed striker Lucas Joao from Sheffield Wednesday on a four year contract, goalkeeper Rafael Cabral Barbosa who joins on a three year contract after leaving Sampdoria and Monaco's midfielder Pele on a season long loan. If that wasn't dramatic enough George Puscas has signed from Inter Milan on a five year contract and a big money transfer fee as Reading suddenly found plenty of available funds to make what can only be described as quality signings.

Lucas Joao arrives at Reading shortly after the club confirmed the arrival of forward player Lucas Boye who arrives from Tornio for the season. Lucas Joao is well known to Reading fans after scoring in injury time on Saturday during Sheffield Wednesday's opening day victory at the Madejski Stadium. Joao is a Portugal international and scored 29 goals in 128 appearances for the Owl's after signing four years ago from Portuguese side Nacional.

Goalkeeper Rafael could turn into a massively important signing for Reading after we have struggled to have a consistant goalkeeper since the departure of Ali Al Habsi. Twenty nine year old Rafael has played three times for Brazil but struggled to get into the team at Sampdoria who were willing to let him leave despite time remaining on his contract.

Monaco's Pele was at Nottingham Forest last season and has been sent out on loan again from his parent club Monaco. He appears to be another player known to Gomes, born in Portugal and playing in Portgual for Belenenses before a move to Monaco.

Yesterday's signing George Puscas feels like the icing on the cake of a successful transfer window. Twenty three year old Romanian Puscas has already collected eight caps for his country and signs on a huge five year contract in a clear indication of his potential future value.

With Puscas coming in, highly rated youngster Danny Loader now looks set to join Wolves after failing to agree a new contract with Reading.

Meanwhile Sam Smith and Marc McNulty have gone out on loan for the season and David Meyler has been confirmed as leaving the club. The lists of incoming and outgoing players have become lengthy as it's all change this season at the Madejski Stadium:

Players Signed

  • George Puscas (Inter Milan - Five year contract)
  • Pele (Monaco - Loan)
  • Rafael Cabral Barbosa (Sampdoria - Three year contract)
  • Lucas Joao (Sheffield Wednesday - Four year contract)
  • Lucas Boye (Torino - Loan)
  • Joao Virginia (Everton - Loan)
  • Michael Morrison (Released by Birmingham - Free)
  • Charlie Adam (Released by Stoke City - Free)
  • Matt Miazga (Chelsea - Loan)

Departing Players

  • David Meyler (Contract terminated)
  • Sam Smith (Cambridge - season long loan)
  • Marc McNulty (Sunderland - season long loan)
  • Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Millwall)
  • Liam Kelly (Feyenoord)
  • Joey van den Berg (NEC Nijmegen)
  • Anssi Jaakkola (Bristol Rovers)
  • Danzell Gravenberch (released)
  • Paul McShane (released)
  • John O'Shea (retired)
  • Callum Harriott (released)
  • George Legg (released)
  • Matt Miazga (end of loan)
  • Lewis Baker (end of loan)
  • Saeid Ezatolahi (end of loan)


Discussion On This Story:

 Forbury Lion

» 08 Aug 2019 09:25

Just on Sky Sports News, Wolves eager to sign highly rated youngster Danny Loader from Reading. Reading want to hang onto him as they rate him highly.


» 08 Aug 2019 09:30

I rate this thread highly. And I happen to be a highly rated poster.


» 08 Aug 2019 09:39

Joe Edward's (a Wolves journo) is claiming Loader in unwilling to sign a new deal. That seems odd. Guess selling him would make sense if it were true despite my inclination to keeping him.


» 08 Aug 2019 09:42

I hope if it does happen, we invoke the ghost of Hammond and absolutely rinse them. £5m please.


» 08 Aug 2019 09:45

Can't help but think Wolves is the wrong move for him but if he won't sign a new deal or his agent is advising him not to, then we should, however reluctantly, cash in.


» 08 Aug 2019 09:50

Wolves are probably offering a deal rising depending on his development so they don't lose out on it. we need money up front on this deal.


» 08 Aug 2019 09:57

I personally think he's overrated , I think Wolves are overrating him and this thread is overrated.

Would happily take a fee for him.


» 08 Aug 2019 09:59

I can't see this working out well for Loader or Wolves. It's Tish to Villa mk.2, except Tish had proven himself more.

However, if his agent is advising him and he's set all we can do is hold out for a good fee involving guaranteed cash. Not structured in extras and sell-ons; he will spend several years getting loans then be sold back to the Championship.

 Snowflake Royal

» 08 Aug 2019 10:00

Loader is an odd one. Highly rated and obviously talented, he's not really shone the way I'd have expected in the first team. Gomes obviously rates him, but I'm not sure where he really fits in.

If we're selling, we should get at least what we paid for Puscas. When you factor in the English price inflation factor.


» 08 Aug 2019 10:02

5m is a little low. English premium and whatnot.

 Maneki Neko

» 08 Aug 2019 10:22

less than 1 year on contract, reckon it would be top end


» 08 Aug 2019 10:33

Sessegnon about to go for 25 million in last year of contract. Higher profile so higher fee but to drop down to 5m? That's a lot.

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