Fulham could be set to miss out on Russian international striker Pavel Pogrebnyak as Premier League newboys Reading line up a move.
Pogrebnyak spent the second half of the season with Fulham after agreeing a six month deal from Stuttgart in the January Transfer Window. The former Zenit man took to the Premier League like a duck to water as he banged in 6 goals from just 8 games with the Craven Cottage side.
The 28 year old is now a free agent and whilst he is still in talks over extending his stay at Fulham, Reading are now reportedly set to make a move. Pogrebnyak has stated his intention to stay in the Premier League and could end up moving to the Madejski Stadium if talks with Fulham continue to stall.
There is already a Russian feel developing at Reading as tycoon Anton Zingarevich completed his takeover of the club, giving the Royals an abundance of money to spend heading into the new Premier League season and it could well be that Zingarevich is brokering a move for one of his fellow countrymen. Could we see more Russian players heading to Reading this summer?
Zingarevich is worth a reported £182m, giving manager Brian McDermott a considerable transfer kitty to make sure they stay in the Premier League. Pogrebnyak, who is currently preparing for Euro 2012 with Russia, would be a great signing for them if he can maintain his Premier League displays that made him such a hit at Fulham.
Scoring goals is crucial if Reading are to survive next year and Pogrebnyak could be the man to provide them – and on a free transfer, this could be a steal for the club.