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Orlando Sa And Gunter Exit Rumours
22 January 2016
By Hob Nob Anyone?
Following the departure of Nick Blackman rumours have now surfaced that Chris Gunter could be the next player out of the door due to his short contract. Like Blackman, Gunter's Reading contract is also due to expire in the summer. Reading cashed in on Blackman while they could, but it would seem foolish to do the same with Chris Gunter who would go for far less money but remains a key first team player.
However, it does appear that currently the rumours are nothing more than vague rumours, and Gunter will be staying put for now. The reports that appeared in papers this morning suggest Norwich, Newcastle and West Brom are all interested and could offer half a million pounds. Despite his short contract, that kind of money would surely be ignored by Reading as they attempt to strengthen the squad through January.
Full-back Gunter, signed for Reading in the summer of 2012 from Nottingham Forest for 2.5 million pounds and has gone on to become first choice for Reading and a Welsh International regular.
Meanwhile, Reading manager Brian McDermott has hinted that rumours of an Orlando Sa exit have some substance to them. With the arrival of Yann Kermorgant from Bournemouth, Sa's limited pitch time looks set to be limited further and he could well find himself shipped out on loan. There are also reports that Greek side AEK Athens have made an offer of around 800,000 Euros to sign Sa. Sa has only been at Reading for half a season and the Royals would make a loss on the player if he was to leave for that kind of money.
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