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Reading Wrap Up Third Loan As Grabban Signs

31 January 2017
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading wrapped up a very successful transfer deadline day with a third straight League victory - a 1-0 win at Birmingham City - and a third confirmed loan signing as Lewis Grabban signed from Bournemouth. Grabban could be the striker that Reading have been missing and an important part of the promotion jigsaw after we saw Jordon Mutch arrive from Crystal Palace and central defender Reece Oxford arrive from West Ham United.

Grabban had attracted interest from other Championship sides on transfer deadline day - including play-off rivals Leeds United. However, Grabban chose the Royals over other options as he looks to return to first team action and his Championship goal scoring ways. Grabban has found it increasingly difficult to get any action at Premier League Bournemouth where he has been kept out of the side and has much proven success at finding the net in the second tier.

Twenty nine year old Grabban moved back to Bournemouth nearly exactly a year ago for 7 million pounds but his return spell has been dramatically less successful. In his return spell he has been restricted to having most of his match action from the bench and has scored just one goal from 22 appearances. Despite his lack of success in the Premier League Grabban was hugely successful in the Championship for both Bournemouth and then Norwich - and could be exactly what we need to keep us up at the top of the table.

Meanwhile, tonight's victory saw Reading move four points ahead of fourth placed Leeds United and move to just three points behind second placed Newcastle. Reading played with a much depleted back line due to injuries but still managed to keep a clean sheet. John Swift scored the only goal of the game on 77 minutes, slotting home Jordan Obita's low cross.

Reading's out-going transfers saw Dominic Samuel move to Ipswich Town on loan, and goalkeeper Stuart Moore head to Luton Town also on loan.

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Discussion On This Story:

 TBM

» 31 Aug 2016 10:04

The Bournemouth striker could well be on the move today, with Reading, Bristol City and Leeds interested


Yeah he'll do....got an eye for the goal which is always handy as a striker

 No Fixed Abode

» 31 Aug 2016 10:06




Yeah he'll do....got an eye for the goal which is always handy as a striker

Heard he's on his way to Bristol. Which would make sense as they have quite a bit of money.

 Hendo

» 31 Aug 2016 10:37

Would be very happy with this.

 BR2

» 31 Aug 2016 11:01



Likewise but as Kes says Bristol City have loads-a-money after selling their good striker to the Villa so this could fall into the (Lescott,Cahill, Taylor, O'Neill)category where we tried very hard to get players but didn't succeed.
Would be ideal if the idea is to have a fast-moving flexible striker (a better Rekels) rather than a target man only in say Lambert (a better version of Kermorgant).

 TBM

» 31 Aug 2016 11:06



Likewise but as Kes says Bristol City have loads-a-money after selling their good striker to the Villa so this could fall into the (Lescott,Cahill, Taylor, O'Neill)category where we tried very hard to get players but didn't succeed.
Would be ideal if the idea is to have a fast-moving flexible striker (a better Rekels) rather than a target man only in say Lambert (a better version of Kermorgant).

Lets hope he see's past the money then...

 Royal Ginger

» 31 Aug 2016 11:08

He seems a bit too good for us. Struggling to believe we're in on it. Good stuff if we are.

 Sutekh

» 31 Aug 2016 11:12

Sutekh likes this idea

Fingers crossed for success

 RichTea94

» 31 Aug 2016 11:40

Exactly what we need- a mobile striker, proven at this level.

But as has been posted previously, I don't think we're realistically in a position to sign him. Bournemouth will want to recoup the ludicrous money they spent on re-signing him from Norwich, and they know that Bristol City have 8 figures knocking about after selling Kodija.

Unless Tevereden has a magic wand or the Stam effect attracts the player, I don't see this happening.

 K.URZ13

» 31 Aug 2016 11:47

Yep, Bournemouth will want 6m minimum and there are clubs who would be willing to pay that. Not Reading.

 Tommio

» 31 Aug 2016 11:52


Stam won't make a difference if it's a permanent deal. We'll never stump up enough cash for that to make a difference.

 RichTea94

» 31 Aug 2016 12:06


Stam won't make a difference if it's a permanent deal. We'll never stump up enough cash for that to make a difference.

Agreed. The limiting factor is very much us being willing to meet Bournemouth's asking price. Which we almost certainly won't unless the Thais fancy breaking our transfer record just for the craic.

The only hope for us is some sort of loan arrangement, which I can't see happening if Bristol are willing to meet the asking price.

 CountryRoyal

» 31 Aug 2016 12:15

Not a top goal scorer but is quick and will stretch defences which is something we need. Don't see him being too expensive and could see Bournemouth letting him go for £3m or so.

Which still puts us out of the running ofc.


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