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Blackman Rumour - Fans Think Royals Should Cash In

05 January 2016
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Rumours are gathering pace today that Reading's top scorer Nick Blackman is set to join Sheffield Wednesday. With the January transfer window now up and running, Blackman was always going to be a target for easy transfer rumours after his impressive form so far this season. However it's not clear if there's any real substance to the reports. Blackman scored Reading's winning goal on Saturday as the Royals overcame Bristol City after his stoppage time strike - it was his thirteenth goal of the season so far. It is by far the best period of his Reading career after he signed from Sheffield United in January 2013.

A return to Sheffield remains a possibility while he is yet to tie up a new contract to keep him at Reading. His contract expires in the summer and his recent form gives him plenty of ammunition in contract discussions to improve his salary at Reading. If Blackman's agent is asking too much, then the club could see any interest during the transfer window as a perfect opportunity to cash in on a player who has only gained any real value during the first half of this season. The reports suggest that the club have accepted a bid from Sheffield Wednesday somewhere in the region of one to three million. If the club have accepted a bid then Blackman is free to discuss terms, but that may still not result in Blackman making a move.

On the Hob Nob Anyone? Discussion Forums opinion remains in favour of cashing in while we can. Half of fans have voted that the Royals would be right to accept a bid in the region of one million to five million pounds.

Since signing two years ago, 55 of Nick Blackman's 113 Reading appearances have come from the bench as he has struggled to command a consistent starting eleven place until this season. Before this season he had only scored 9 goals in total for the Royals. However he has shown himself to be a key player this term, and his sudden turn around in form has been one of the highlights of the season so far. Even if it is the right thing to take the money before he is out of contract it would remain a disappointment to see him leave.

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