It has been confirmed by Reading Evening Post reporter Jonathan Low that Reading are close to signing former Dutch International Royston Drenthe on a three-year contract.
The explosive left sided midfielder has spent time at Real Madrid, Feyernoord, Everton and most recently Alania Vladikavkaz in Russia.
At 26, Drenthe had all the qualities to be one of the best left sides players in Europe, although his background has let him down time and time again during his short career to date.
He started brightly during his spell in the Premier League at Everton before falling out with then manager David Moyes before being told to stay away from the club due to ‘reportedly’ taking two girls back to the clubs training ground one night…ahem.
Also in Alicante he was stopped and sanctioned for skipping seven red traffic lights in Denia Avenue as he went at 160kmh in his White Ferrari whilst drinking a beer.
On the pitch Drenthe is a powerful and extremely quick winger, and recently scored a hat-trick for Alania Vladikavkaz before they eventually were relegated from Russia’s top flight. Due to their demotion, a release clause has allowed him to move on a free transfer.
No official word has been reported on the deal, although mixed messages are coming out from Holland with the Reading reporter stating a medical is set for Tuesday and Royston Drenthe’s family reportedly telling RTV Rijnmond in Holland that the player won’t join Reading.