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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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» 22 Jan 2016 12:25

Newcastle, Norwich and West Brom interested apparently

 Pepe the Horseman

» 22 Jan 2016 12:38

Doubt he'll go this month, but looks nailed on both him and Hal will leave in the summer.


» 22 Jan 2016 12:39

Hold up! Is this the same Chris Gunter that most on here slate each week? Can't be, can it? :wink:

 Pepe the Horseman

» 22 Jan 2016 12:52

Wouldn't get a sniff in at Newcastle unless Janmaat leaves. No idea who plays RB for West Brom or Norwich tbh.


» 22 Jan 2016 13:27

Really need to keep Gunter if we can, however I don't think this will be possible given his age and therefore probably the last decent move he'll be able to command. Reckon he'll have a load of options on the table and will take one of them up after the Euros.

Personally I think he's a great attacking full back, certainly in the Championship and probably good for a lower PL club.

And given we have no specialist right back cover of any experience (aren't Long and Keown the only options that have 1st team squad experience?) it's a position we'll certainly have to move for in the summer.

Exactly same will go for HRK.


» 22 Jan 2016 13:27

He can't go unless we find a replacement. Maybe that's why BMc is still looking

 retro royal

» 22 Jan 2016 13:58

Reading defender Chris Gunter is being pursued by a trio of Premier League clubs, Metro Sport can reveal.

Gunter, who is the current first choice right-back for Wales in the lead up to Euro 2016, is entering the final six months of his contract with Championship side Reading.

The 26-year-old is well into his fourth season with Reading after completing his £2.5million from Nottingham Forest and, as contract talks stall, has caught the eye of a host of clubs.

Premier League trio Norwich, Newcastle and West Brom have all been monitoring his current situation as have Championship clubs QPR and Middlesbrough.

Given his contract situation, Reading officials could be willing to cash in on Gunter during the January transfer window and could be available for the modest fee of just £500,000.

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» 22 Jan 2016 14:00

We can only hope.


» 22 Jan 2016 14:04

So if he's "worth" £500,000 we'll only get 3 Million?

Bec MUST be looking for a right back. I hope he gets an old fashioned hard-man

Not saying he should but can Quinn play right back?


» 22 Jan 2016 14:41

I like Gunter


» 22 Jan 2016 14:56

So do I. He's a decent right-back at this level, probably our fittest player. £500k is nothing. What replacement are we going to get with that?! May as well see out his contract if we're not extending it.

 Maneki Neko

» 22 Jan 2016 14:56

I like Gunts Williams and to a lesser extent HRK
But if we needs em off the wage bill and they wont take pay cuts, so be it

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