Royals fail in Pogrebnyak/Hooper swap deal

In a trio of articles to be released exclusively on the Football Family this evening, I have been reliably informed via my contact at Reading that a swap deal involving Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak and Celtic's Gary Hooper has been rejected by the SPL Champions.

The Scottish side rejected the offer outright, which took place at the end of June with Celtic manager Neil Lennon feeling the powerful frontman isn't the right player to fill the void if Hooper was to leave Parkhead.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins is a big admirer of Gary Hooper, who he managed when in charge of Scunthorpe United a few years ago, although the fee Celtic are asking for at this stage seems to much for us to enter the bidding war.

The manager understands his need for reinforcements upfront and it wasn't confirmed whether a further offer would go in for the player who is interesting Championship rivals Queens Park Rangers and Premier League outfit Norwich City.

Pogrebnyak looks set to leave in the near future, with his agent pushing hard for a move to the Premier League.


His agent Oleg Artemov has confirmed the powerful forward has had offers from the Premier League and also offers back in Russia.

Pogrebnyak stated his desire to leave the club in an interview today on

"It's true that my dream is to continue my career in England, in the Premier League. But I wouldn't deny a move to Russia,"

"On the contrary, the best moments of my career are from the Russian championship. So anything can happen."

It wasn't mentioned today whether the Royals would go in for Hooper with a cash offer, although it was made clear that Adkins wants at least two strikers before the season starts after losing Noel Hunt, Simon Church and most likely Pavel Pogrebnyak in the near future.

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