The new season will soon be approaching and Reading FC will be scouring the market to see who they can bring in to bolster their squad for another season in the Championship.
With a transfer embargo still in place, the Royals can only bring in free agents or players on loan this summer. As things stand, only nine players are contracted to the club for 2022/23 and beyond, so the main priority this summer will be to increase their numbers to ensure there is competition. for seats.
A number of players will leave the club when their contract ends in June, including Terell Thomas, Brandon Barker, Orjan Nyland, Felipe Araruna, Alen Halilovic and Marc McNulty. John Swift has also left the club after rejecting a new deal to sign for Championship rivals West Brom instead.
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Five players are currently considering extending their stay at Select Car Leasing Stadium, with Josh Laurent, Andy Rinomhota, Tom Holmes, Femi Azeez and Andy Yiadom being offered new deals. Michael Morrison and Junior Hoilett are released, but the club is keeping the door open for them to resume talks to stay in Berkshire.
On Friday, Premier League clubs announced their shortlists and published ahead of the 2022/23 campaign. Many players will be available on free transfers, including some ex-Reading stars. Here’s a list of some of the former royals who might be on the lookout for new clubs this summer that might be of interest.
The Chelsea midfielder joined the Royals on loan last summer and went on to make 34 appearances in all competitions. His only goal and assist of the season came in the 3-2 win over Swansea City in November.
Drinkwater joined Chelsea from Leicester in 2017 but has only featured 23 times for the first team and his last appearance for the Blues was in the Community Shield loss to Manchester City in 2018. The 32-year-old has had loan spells with Burnley, Aston Villa and Kasimpasa before his switch to Reading.
Stoke City confirmed two weeks ago that Ince would be released when his contract expires on June 30. The 30-year-old spent the second half of last term on loan with Reading, playing 15 times and scoring two goals.
His father Paul, who will remain as Reading manager after a stint as caretaker boss, has previously urged the club to sign the winger this summer.
The Irishman’s career in England began with the Royals in 2005. In six years at the club, Long scored 54 goals in 202 appearances.
His future with current club Southampton remains uncertain after Saints said on Friday talks were underway over a new contract with the 35-year-old.
The winger was linked with Reading in the past but instead joined Cardiff City for the 2020/21 campaign. Now, the 24-year-old will be available on a free transfer this summer.
Ojo has made 13 appearances for the Liverpool first team but has spent the majority of the past seven years on loan. He already had temporary spells with Wigan, Wolves, Fulham, Reims, Rangers and Cardiff before his move to Millwall last season.