Hob Nob Anyone? News and Views Latest updates on Hob Nob Anyone? - The Reading Football Club Fans' Website http://www.royals.org/news.php Fri, 20 Sep 2019 20:03:37 BST Fri, 20 Sep 2019 20:03:37 BST 1800 Plymouth Next After Win On Penalties Reading needed penalities to overcome League One Wycombe Wanderers last night in the League Cup first round. The Royals were 1-1 at full time, despite fielding a strong side, after a goalless first half, before winning 4-2 on penalties thanks to Rafael's heroics in goal. George Puscas played his first full ninety minutes after his big money signing last week from Inter Milan and scored Reading's equaliser in the second half after Wycombe had taken the lead. Reading gave starts to a group of new signings with Rafael, Adam, Pele, Ejaria, and Boye all starting alongside Puscas. <br/><br/> Puscas, Baldock, and Swift were all on target in the penalty shoot-out with well taken efforts before Danny Loader stepped up to seal it with an equally quality spot-kick. The players surrounded Rafael after Loader scored after the Reading goalkeeper saved two penalties and nearly saved a third in an impressive Reading debut. <br/><br/> The Royals will travel to League Two Plymouth Argyle in the second round of the competition. http://www.royals.org/news/811/Plymouth_Next_After_Win_On_Penalties 811 Wed, 14 Aug 2019 16:17:45 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Ovie Ejaria Returns On Loan Reading have completed a season long loan signing of Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria, who returns to Reading after last season's successful loan spell. Twenty-one year old Ejaria arrived at Reading in January this year and went on to make 16 appearances and scoring one goal in Reading's 1-1 home draw with Rotherham. His return to Liverpool was brief, and he will now continue with Reading this season with the view to a permanent move at the end of the season. <br/><br/> Meanwhile, with the transfer window now closed, Reading fans continue to wait to find out if Danny Loader has completed his move to Wolves youth set-up. It has been reported that Loader completed a medical and the two clubs agreed a transfer fee for the up-coming England youth player. Loader has a year left on his contract at Reading but failed to extend that leading to the club being open to offers while he remains under contract. Loader would move into the Wolves Under 23 squad initially, so it remains to be seen if his agent has done him any favours. <br/><br/> <p><strong>Players Signed</strong></p> <ul> <li>Ovie Ejaria (Liverpool - Loan)</li> <li>George Puscas (Inter Milan - Five year contract)</li> <li>Pele (Monaco - Loan)</li> <li>Rafael Cabral Barbosa (Sampdoria - Three year contract)</li> <li>Lucas Joao (Sheffield Wednesday - Four year contract)</li> <li>Lucas Boye (Torino - Loan)</li> <li>Joao Virginia (Everton - Loan)</li> <li>Michael Morrison (Released by Birmingham - Free)</li> <li>Charlie Adam (Released by Stoke City - Free)</li> <li>Matt Miazga (Chelsea - Loan)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Departing Players</strong></p> <ul> <li>David Meyler (Contract terminated)</li> <li>Sam Smith (Cambridge - season long loan)</li> <li>Marc McNulty (Sunderland - season long loan)</li> <li>Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Millwall)</li> <li>Liam Kelly (Feyenoord)</li> <li>Joey van den Berg (NEC Nijmegen)</li> <li>Anssi Jaakkola (Bristol Rovers)</li> <li>Danzell Gravenberch (released)</li> <li>Paul McShane (released)</li> <li>John O'Shea (retired)</li> <li>Callum Harriott (released)</li> <li>George Legg (released)</li> <li>Matt Miazga (end of loan)</li> <li>Lewis Baker (end of loan)</li> <li>Saeid Ezatolahi (end of loan)</li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/810/Ovie_Ejaria_Returns_On_Loan 810 Thu, 08 Aug 2019 17:16:39 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Busy Week For Transfers At Reading It has been a very busy week for the Royals in the transfer market ahead of the window closing. The Royals have unexpectadly dramatically increased the depth of their squad with a series of big signings of International players. We will head into our second game of the season with a much improved squad and with plenty of options available to manager Jose Gomes as he looks to keep us clear of another relegation battle this season. <br/><br/> Earlier this week we signed striker Lucas Joao from Sheffield Wednesday on a four year contract, goalkeeper Rafael Cabral Barbosa who joins on a three year contract after leaving Sampdoria and Monaco's midfielder Pele on a season long loan. If that wasn't dramatic enough George Puscas has signed from Inter Milan on a five year contract and a big money transfer fee as Reading suddenly found plenty of available funds to make what can only be described as quality signings. <br/><br/> Lucas Joao arrives at Reading shortly after the club confirmed the arrival of forward player Lucas Boye who arrives from Tornio for the season. Lucas Joao is well known to Reading fans after scoring in injury time on Saturday during Sheffield Wednesday's opening day victory at the Madejski Stadium. Joao is a Portugal international and scored 29 goals in 128 appearances for the Owl's after signing four years ago from Portuguese side Nacional. <br/><br/> Goalkeeper Rafael could turn into a massively important signing for Reading after we have struggled to have a consistant goalkeeper since the departure of Ali Al Habsi. Twenty nine year old Rafael has played three times for Brazil but struggled to get into the team at Sampdoria who were willing to let him leave despite time remaining on his contract. <br/><br/> Monaco's Pele was at Nottingham Forest last season and has been sent out on loan again from his parent club Monaco. He appears to be another player known to Gomes, born in Portugal and playing in Portgual for Belenenses before a move to Monaco. <br/><br/> Yesterday's signing George Puscas feels like the icing on the cake of a successful transfer window. Twenty three year old Romanian Puscas has already collected eight caps for his country and signs on a huge five year contract in a clear indication of his potential future value. <br/><br/> With Puscas coming in, highly rated youngster Danny Loader now looks set to join Wolves after failing to agree a new contract with Reading. <br/><br/> Meanwhile Sam Smith and Marc McNulty have gone out on loan for the season and David Meyler has been confirmed as leaving the club. The lists of incoming and outgoing players have become lengthy as it's all change this season at the Madejski Stadium: <br/><br/> <p><strong>Players Signed</strong></p> <ul> <li>George Puscas (Inter Milan - Five year contract)</li> <li>Pele (Monaco - Loan)</li> <li>Rafael Cabral Barbosa (Sampdoria - Three year contract)</li> <li>Lucas Joao (Sheffield Wednesday - Four year contract)</li> <li>Lucas Boye (Torino - Loan)</li> <li>Joao Virginia (Everton - Loan)</li> <li>Michael Morrison (Released by Birmingham - Free)</li> <li>Charlie Adam (Released by Stoke City - Free)</li> <li>Matt Miazga (Chelsea - Loan)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Departing Players</strong></p> <ul> <li>David Meyler (Contract terminated)</li> <li>Sam Smith (Cambridge - season long loan)</li> <li>Marc McNulty (Sunderland - season long loan)</li> <li>Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Millwall)</li> <li>Liam Kelly (Feyenoord)</li> <li>Joey van den Berg (NEC Nijmegen)</li> <li>Anssi Jaakkola (Bristol Rovers)</li> <li>Danzell Gravenberch (released)</li> <li>Paul McShane (released)</li> <li>John O'Shea (retired)</li> <li>Callum Harriott (released)</li> <li>George Legg (released)</li> <li>Matt Miazga (end of loan)</li> <li>Lewis Baker (end of loan)</li> <li>Saeid Ezatolahi (end of loan)</li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/809/Busy_Week_For_Transfers_At_Reading 809 Thu, 08 Aug 2019 14:55:24 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Miazga Returns For The Season Chelsea defender Matt Miazga will be back in a Reading shirt for the new season after the clubs agreed to start a new season long loan. Miazga arrived at Reading in January this year and went on to make a big impression, playing a key part in Reading's up turn in form to avoid relegation. He went on to make 18 league starts for the Royals before the end of the season. After a brief return to Chelsea he immediately returns to Reading and will be set to be first choice in defence as Reading look to build on last season's finish. <br/><br/> <p><strong>Players Signed</strong></p> <ul> <li>Joao Virginia (Everton - Loan)</li> <li>Michael Morrison (Released by Birmingham - Free)</li> <li>Charlie Adam (Released by Stoke City - Free)</li> <li>Matt Miazga (Chelsea - Loan)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Departing Players</strong></p> <ul> <li>Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Millwall)</li> <li>Liam Kelly (Feyenoord)</li> <li>Joey van den Berg (NEC Nijmegen)</li> <li>Anssi Jaakkola (Bristol Rovers)</li> <li>Danzell Gravenberch (released)</li> <li>Paul McShane (released)</li> <li>John O'Shea (retired)</li> <li>Callum Harriott (released)</li> <li>George Legg (released)</li> <li>Matt Miazga (end of loan)</li> <li>Lewis Baker (end of loan)</li> <li>Saeid Ezatolahi (end of loan)</li> http://www.royals.org/news/808/Miazga_Returns_For_The_Season 808 Wed, 24 Jul 2019 15:50:36 BST Hob Nob Anyone? What Reading fans can expect this season <p>Following last year's narrow, three-point survival, Reading are in a difficult situation as they look to distance themselves from a relegation battle in the Championship next season.</p> <p>The Royals were handed a transfer embargo by the EFL for breaking Profit and Sustainability rules. Consequently, the club will have to offload a great deal of players to balance the books, which could affect their ambition to attain a higher league position for the forthcoming campaign.</p> <p>Reading have faced relegation battles in the past two seasons, and the embargo makes it difficult to move away from that predicament, but there are positives to take from the limitations put in place.</p> <p>There are players at the club who are on hefty wages but are merely fringe players and outside options. Whether the Royals had an embargo placed on them or not, selling players would have been the plan, regardless. However, the emphasis must now shift towards selling fringe players as opposed to key, valuable assets, for example; David Meyler. He is someone who finds first-team football something of a rarity at Madejski Stadium and this could be an opportunity to part ways with the club, suiting both parties.</p> <p>It will be a stern test for Reading manager Jose Gomes - the Championship is an extremely competitive league, and the Royals are currently third favourites to be relegated at 11/4 after the newly-promoted Charlton and Barnsley. If you fancy a bet on who will get relegated, check out <a href="http://bettingapps.org/" target="_blank">bettingapps.org</a> to get the best apps for betting on football markets.</p> <p>Reading have made one signing this summer, bringing goalkeeper Joao Virginia to Berkshire on a season-long loan from Everton. However, the 19-year-old is unlikely to make an overwhelming contribution with such little experience, and being a goalkeeper, you can only make so much of an impact.</p> <p>Despite the transfer embargo, Gomes expressed his frustration with the lack of signings so far following defeat to Sevilla in a friendly. He said: &ldquo;It was very important for us because these games showed us we need new players.</p> <p>"I'm still very happy to try to increase the level of the quality, but if we want to achieve higher targets we need to make something happen in the next few days.</p> <p>"So I expect I can play some of the four games [left of pre-season] with new players, otherwise it will be difficult to fight for something that everyone wants."</p> <p>The Reading boss is yet to make a permanent signing during his tenure in Berkshire and selling a large portion of fringe players would make room for signings to be made and improve the squad. It is difficult for a manager to implement his style and philosophy into a team if he does not have the correct players at his disposal.</p> <p>The Royals recruitment policy has been disastrous over the years - often targeting players with excessive wage demands and hefty transfer fees - which has had a damaging affect on the club. Former CEO Ron Gourlay was mainly responsible for that, and the introduction of Nigel Howe (current CEO) is steering Reading in a different, more sustainable direction.</p> <p>Keeping the heart and soul of a club alive is essential in modern football, especially with the money being passed around like hot chips. With this transfer embargo, it is a chance to bring through some raw, rich talent from the youth system - a strategy that could reconnect and repair the identity of Reading Football Club. The next few weeks are crucial to the Royals success next season, and if they can find a way of selling enough players to allow Gomes to make signings he wants to fit his philosophy and beliefs, Reading fans have every reason to go into the 2019/20 with an optimistic mindset.</p> http://www.royals.org/news/812/What_Reading_fans_can_expect_this_season 812 Wed, 24 Jul 2019 00:00:00 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Charlie Adam Signing Confirmed Reading have added some experience to their squad with the signing of Charlie Adam who was out of contract after being released by Stoke City. Adam, a 33 year old midfielder, has signed a one year contract with Reading and was almost certainly happy to take a cut in wages to come to Reading after Blackburn failed to sign him after a trial with the club during the summer. As Adam attracts no transfer fee he will be seen a cheap replacement for Liam Kelly to enable Reading to reduce costs and maintain a squad to attempt to compete in the Championship this season. <br/><br/> After starting his career with Rangers in Scotland, Adam was a much wanted player eight years ago and Liverpool paid 6.75 million pounds to Blackpool for his services in the summer of 2011. He made 27 Premier League starts for Liverpool before a move the following year to Stoke City for 5 million. At Stoke City he made 179 appearances and scored 21 goals before gradually falling out of favour. His last three appearances were a couple of minutes each and he spent most of last season on the bench as he struggled to make an impact. He may well be set for a similar role at Reading this season. http://www.royals.org/news/807/Charlie_Adam_Signing_Confirmed 807 Tue, 23 Jul 2019 11:24:18 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Get Win In Spain Reading followed up a 0-0 morning draw with Malaga B to beat second tier Spanish side Extremadura in the evening. Danny Loader scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in the second half after winning the penalty following a tricky run into the box. Reading used the second half of their squad out in Spain after the morning game, but some players from the morning also got extra game time as substitutes. Walker impressed in goal making some vital saves to enable the Royals to pick up their second clean sheet of the game. Yiadom was back in action after returning from International duty, while Howe and McIntryre also made further starts for Reading in defence. http://www.royals.org/news/806/Reading_Get_Win_In_Spain 806 Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:17:57 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Virginia Makes Debut In Malaga B Draw Goalkeeper Joao Virginia, who <a href="https://www.royals.org/news/802/Goalkeeper_Virginia_Signs_On_Season_Long_Loan">signed on a season long loan from Everton</a> last week, made his debut as a Reading side drew 0-0 with Malaga B this morning. Virginia was reported as making some saves as he kept a clean sheet during his first game for his new side. Against Malaga's B team, a fourth tier Spanish league side, the Royals effectively also fielded their B team with some exceptions. The Reading side did feature John Swift and Sam Baldock. Omar Richards also played in an eleven that also included Watson, Odimayo, Osho, Boadu, East, Frost and Holsgrove. <br/><br/> The other half of Reading's squad are due to play second tier Extremadura UD this evening. <br/><br/> Virginia remains Reading's only incoming player so far this summer, but Gomes is reporting to be looking at other players that he can bring in on season long loans in order to avoid transfer fees and long term wage bills. One player that Gomes is reported to be interested in is Chelsea's Ethan Ampadu after Chelsea managed Frank Lampard confirmed that Ampadu will be going out on loan this season. Welsh International defender Ampadu may well attract interested from other Championship clubs so it will be interesting if Gomes can tempt him to Berkshire. http://www.royals.org/news/805/Virginia_Makes_Debut_In_Malaga_B_Draw 805 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:28:29 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Spanish Pre-Season Friendlies Continue Reading will face Malaga B and Extremadura UD next in their <a href="https://www.royals.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=185946">pre-season build up in Spain</a>. The Royals will play both sides in friendlies on Tuesday with half the team playing Malaga B in the morning and the second half of the squad lining up against Extremadura. Malaga B and in the fourth tier of Spanish football with Extremadura, who Reading will play in the evening with a 18:30 kick-off, in the second tier. <br/><br/> The games follow <A href="https://www.readingfc.co.uk/news/2019/july/report--royals-edged-by-sevilla-in-friendly/">Reading's 1-2 friendly defeat against Sevilla</a> on Saturday evening. After no goals in the first half Novakovich put the Royals ahead before a penalty was scored by the home side with three quarters of the game played. Sevilla then went on to score a late winner. <br/><br/> Reading did well against a strong Sevilla side and again chose to play two different teams in each half, with the second half dedicated to younger members of the squad and those yet to make a real impression on the Reading starting eleven. The first half saw Walker in goal with Moore, McIntyre, Blackett and Howe in defence. Rinomhota, Swift, Olise, Barrow, Loader and Meite made up the rest of the team. The main talking point of the first half was assistant manager Jorge Mendonca getting sent off after protesting to the referee about the treatment of Danny Loader who was subject to some heavy challenges. In the second half Reading's team included Andresson, Watson, Osho, Richards, East, Holsgrove, Frost, Baldock, and Novakovich. <br/><br/> Novakovich was also on the score sheet last week in <A href="https://www.royals.org/news/801/Loader_Gets_Three_In_Friendly_Win">Reading's 10-0 friendly win over Gibraltar United.</a> <br/><br/> Meanwhile, Reading fans are still waiting to hear if any further players will be added to the squad before the new season. We look set to rely on a much smaller squad with younger players needing to have an impact after the departure of several experienced players. As a result Reading remain one of the favourites for relegation next season, however if Gomes can carry the form through it might be worth betting against - try some <a href="https://www.888sport.com/blog/sport-betting-guide/types-of-bet/lucky-31-bet">lucky 31 tips</a>. <br/><br/> Nelson Oliveira now seems unlikely to sign for Reading after his release by Norwich City. Oliveira had been a strong possibility signing after training with Reading throughout the summer. That followed a successful loan spell at the end of the last season. Instead it is being reported he is set to sign for Greek side AEK Athens. http://www.royals.org/news/804/Spanish_Pre-Season_Friendlies_Continue 804 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 15:08:26 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Bodvarsson Leaves For Millwall Reading's mission to reduce the squad, reduce the wages and also get some much needed money into the club continued today with the sale of Jon Dadi Bodvarsson to Championship side Millwall. Bodvarsson had a year left to run on his contract with the Royals after signing from Wolves in the summer of 2017, and the club took the decision to cash in while there was still some value left in the player. It is reported that the Royals received 750,000 pounds from the sale of Bodvarsson - a significant amount of money as we fight financial issues. <Br/><br/> Bodvarsson's time at Reading was hampered by injury and not always being given a place in the starting eleven. Out of his 56 appearances for the Royals 25 were from the bench - but he still came up with the goods. When he did get minutes on the pitch he worked hard, impressed, and scored goals - a total of 17 during his time at the club. Reading fans will be sorry to see him leave. <br/><br/> The first team squad is already much smaller with a long list of players that have already left this summer and just the one incoming loan signing so far. The departing players list is still expected to grow before the new season kicks-off next month: <p><strong>Players Signed</strong></p> <ul> <li>Joao Virginia (Everton - Loan)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Departing Players</strong></p> <ul> <li>Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Millwall)</li> <li>Liam Kelly (Feyenoord)</li> <li>Joey van den Berg (NEC Nijmegen)</li> <li>Anssi Jaakkola (Bristol Rovers)</li> <li>Danzell Gravenberch (released)</li> <li>Paul McShane (released)</li> <li>John O'Shea (retired)</li> <li>Callum Harriott (released)</li> <li>George Legg (released)</li> <li>Matt Miazga (end of loan)</li> <li>Lewis Baker (end of loan)</li> <li>Saeid Ezatolahi (end of loan)</li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/803/Bodvarsson_Leaves_For_Millwall 803 Fri, 12 Jul 2019 14:25:02 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Goalkeeper Virginia Signs On Season Long Loan Reading have signed Everton goalkeeper Joao Virginia on a season long loan. Portuguese Virginia is just 19 years old and comes to Reading without making an appearance for Everton so far after a year at the club. Last season he spent the season in goal for the Everton Under 23 side who won the league with Virginia keeping some vital clean sheets. <br/><br/> Virginia has played for Portugal's Under 17s, Under 19s, and Under 21s. His time playing club youth football was spent at Benfica before a move to Arsenal's youth set-up in 2015. He appears to be well known to Reading boss Jose Gomes who is expecting the young keeper to compete for the position of first choice goalkeeper. He comes to Reading fully expecting to play the first senior football of his career and it should be a great opportunity to both Reading and the player, after learning his trade at some of the biggest clubs in the game. http://www.royals.org/news/802/Goalkeeper_Virginia_Signs_On_Season_Long_Loan 802 Fri, 12 Jul 2019 10:22:50 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Loader Gets Three In Friendly Win Reading's pre-season preparations out in Spain continued as they crossed the border to play Gibraltar Premier Division side Gibraltar United. The Royals ran out clear winners, hitting ten goals with no reply. Danny Loader scored a second half hat-trick as The Royals fielded two different sides, swapping all eleven players at half time with the score at 3-0. The game was used to give most of the squad players a run out and as result gave a chance to a lot of young academy graduates. <br/><br/> Holsgrove scored two goals with Novakovich getting the other before the half time break. Reading fielded a stronger side in the second half with senior players Walker, Moore, Blackett, Swift and Barrow joining McIntyre, Rinomhota, Barrett, Meite and Loader in a line-up which Gibraltar struggled to contain. Loader won a penalty for Meite to score from the spot before getting on the scoresheet himself. After a second Loader goal defender McIntrye scored from close range. Meite, Barrett and a third Loader goal completed a very comfortable win. <br/><br/> Jordan Obita, who continues to make a return from his long term injury, failed to make an appearance but is still expected to be available to Gomes when the season kicks off next month. <br/><br/> Reading travel to Sevilla on Saturday night in what will be much tougher pre-season fixture for the Royals. Sevilla finished sixth in La Liga last season with former Reading player Daniel Carrico making 38 appearances during the season after becoming a vital player for the side after his short and uneventful spell in Berkshire. http://www.royals.org/news/801/Loader_Gets_Three_In_Friendly_Win 801 Thu, 11 Jul 2019 10:27:52 BST Hob Nob Anyone?