Hal Robson-Kanu in talks about new dealBy Jonny Fordham
April 01, 2011
Nick Hammond has confirmed that Reading are close to extending the contracts of Hal Robson-Kanu and Jay Tabb, but deals for more experienced pros will be looked at in the summer.
Midfielder Tabb has already agreed personal terms on a new two-year deal at Madejski Stadium and Wales international Robson-Kanu is another player manager Brian McDermott is keen to keep at the club.
Tabb’s contract is likely to be wrapped up in the coming week with a few minor details set to be resolved and director of football Hammond has also arranged further talks with Robson-Kanu’s agent in the next seven days.
“Obviously I’ve known Hal for a long time now,” said Hammond.
“He’s a player that is improving all the time and he wants to be part of this club moving forward.
“These things don’t just happen overnight anymore, but most negotiations are coming to a head.
“We’re just about there with Tabby too and we had some conversations last week. All that needs doing now is dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.”
After his faultless displays of late for Reading, on-loan Blackburn Rovers centre-back Zurab Khizanishvili is one player many Royals fans are urging the club to sign up on a permanent deal.
“We will talk to Zurab at the end of the season and go from there,” Hammond said.
“That’s the same with Brynjar Gunnarsson and Ivar Ingimarsson. The manager has spoken to them and the more senior pros understand that this is the way it is.
“We have very clear lines of communication at the club and there have been discussions that have already taken place.”
With Reading’s FA Cup run to the quarter-finals stage this season, Royals pocketed £337,500 in prize money alone, not accounting for gate receipts and broadcasting rights.
And Hammond hinted that cash could fall into McDermott’s lap for his summer spending.
He added: “The FA Cup run will have a bearing on our revenue streams, but that’s not something we can do anything about until the summer.
“Part of my job is doing the forward planning and that has been happening for quite some time with the manager.
“I feed it back to the board from the football perspective, but for everyone, the total focus right now is on the final nine games of the season. Hopefully, the season can go into a 10th, 11th and 12th game.”
Wembley date for Bignall
Nicholas Bignall could step out at Wembley on Sunday in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final.
The on-loan Brentford striker is part of former Reading forward Nicky Forsters’ squad to face Carlisle United.