Reading Transfer News: Club Reportedly Set to Sign Pavel Pogrebnyak

Michael DoyleContributor IIIJune 19, 2012

WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 16:  Manager Dick Advocaat of Russia gives instructions to substitute Pavel Pogrebnyak during the UEFA EURO 2012 group A match between Greece and Russia at The National Stadium on June 16, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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According to Sky Sports, Reading are closing in on the signature of Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak. 

He spent the second half of last season at Fulham, impressing in his first Premier League season by scoring six goals in just 12 games. 

However, the Russian hasn't been able to negotiate an extension to the contract which ended at the start of the month, and he has been keen to find a new English team to sign for. 

Following Reading's takeover by Anton Zingarevich's group, Thames Sport Investment, who control 51 percent of the club and have promised to strengthen the playing squad, the club now have the financial muscle to make signings such as this one. 

When gaining promotion last season, Reading didn't really have top goalscoring strikers like Southampton or West Ham, with Adam Le Fondre scoring the most goals with just 12. This, of course, means that changes have to be made and players brought in before the start of the season, and Pogrebnyak's signature would go a long way to correcting this issue. 

Despite remaining favourites for relegation this season, this is certainly a signing of intent from the Berkshire club. 

Having already signed Garath McCleary from Nottingham Forest, they are also heavily linked with Watford's Adrian Mariappa (Daily Star), Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez (Daily Mail) and former Royal Gylfi Sigurdsson (Daily Mail).

Don't expect this to be Reading's last signing of the summer.