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Federici Rejects Contract Offer

27 May 2015
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici has rejected offers of a new contract from Reading Football club and now looks set to leave when his contract expires this summer. Newly promoted Premier League side Bournemouth are set to complete the signing of Federici on a free transfer and offer the player a three year contract. Federici joins Yakubu, Zat Knight, Jure Travner, Danny Guthrie, Ryan Edwards, and young goalkeepers Dan Lincoln and Jonathan Henly out of the door as the squad continues to slim as the club cuts the playing staff and the wage bill.

It seems the club were unable to offer Federici enough incentive to keep him at the club, while Bournemouth have spare funds despite yesterday's signing of goalkeeper Artur Boruc on a one-year deal from Southampton. There is a high chance that Federici will only be second choice goalkeeper for the Cherries - but he still opted for the move, the money, and another attempt at playing in England's top tier.

After releasing, or failing to negotiate new terms, with three goalkeepers, a new stopper must be top of Steve Clarke's list on the limited funds he has available to him. Mikkel Andersen has yet to receive a contract offer from the club and could also be set to leave. You'd have to assume that Federici's departure will see the club step up efforts to give Andersen a new contract and retain his services at the club.

With a serious lack of money, it seems Reading are seriously struggling with contract negotiations. Alex Pearce is also out of contract this summer and is now being linked with a move to Championship rivals Leeds United. Jem Karacan is in a similar position and the details of any new contract between him and the club have not been confirmed.

The squad, already much smaller, is set to reduce further - and that's before any offers for contracted players come in. 19 year old Tariqe Fosu is currently subject of transfer rumours despite his entire Reading career being only 60 minutes during Reading's 3-0 win at Derby on the last day of the season. Aston Villa and Newcastle are being linked with the player. Meanwhile, there has been no talk of improving the squad with a boost of much needed new players.

Reading fans will wish player of the season Adam Federici good luck at Bournemouth after a long stay with the Royals. Federici has spent his entire career at Reading with the exception of a ten game loan spell at Southend in 2008. He signed as a professional ten years ago in the summer of 2005 and went on to make 245 appearances for the Royals.

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