Reading after Billy Sharp and further reinforcements

It was finally revealed today after weeks of speculation that Reading are indeed interested in Southampton striker Billy Sharp.

The forward has beed made available for transfer under manager Maurico Pochettino, who is looking to re-shape the Saints squad this summer.

The 27-year old spent time on loan in the Championship last season at Nottingham Forest, who are also a rival to the Royals in their quest to bring the goalscorer to the Madejski Stadium this summer.

He is available for around £1 million, which is a feasible price for any Championship side, although the player is still undecided on where his future lies after being used sparingly by Nigel Adkins last season.

SPL champions Celtic are looking at the former Doncaster frontman if they were to lose Gary Hooper who looks set for a move away from Parkhead in the very near future, with Sharp interested in a move to Scotland.

I have been informed that talks are underway with the forward, although Director of Football Nicky Hammond is currently in Italy, where a sister partnership with Juventus is close to being concluded.

He was unsure of whether we had actually placed a firm offer for the player, but had stated talks with his representatives had taken place over the past week.

One thing that was mentioned today, is that Reading's number 1 target is Gary Hooper, and that is for certain.

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The problem is the funds being available to prize the striker away from Parkhead, who is keen on a move to the club, after a swap deal involving Pavel Pogrebnyak fell through in June.

What could happen, is a merry-go round of Gary Hooper moving to the Madejski Stadium and Billy Sharp moving to Celtic, which was something discussed between us earlier today, although Adkins wants both.

Reading want two strikers, which i mentioned in my previous article, and we are avidly looking overseas for talent as the cost is far cheaper than buying domestically.

Potentially the imminent link-up with Juventus could provide an outlet to take their youngsters on an initial loan.

In other news, Adam Le Fondre is happy at the club and isn't looking for a move this summer. There has been no interest in him at all either which is promising although that could change over the next six weeks.

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