Reading FC trail striker N'DoyeBy Lewis Rudd
June 13, 2012
Reading are ready to table a bid for FC Copenhagen’s £7m-rated striker Dame N’Doye.
The 27-year-old Senegal international is on the wish list of Royals boss Brian McDermott, who flew out to Denmark recently to watch the player in action for the Superliga outfit.
Hans Munk Nielsen, president of Parken Sport & Entertainment, which owns FC Copenhagen, told the Danish Stock Exchange earlier this week that there has been no discussions as yet between the two clubs over the sale of N’Doye.
But sources in Denmark suggest N’Doye, who has scored 59 goals in 104 games for the club, is ready to force a move, with the Premier League his preferred option.
Copenhagen surrendered a six-point lead to FC Nordsjælland last season, missing out on automatic qualification to the Champions League, and would be prepared to listen to offers for their prized asset.
N’Doye’s departure would be the biggest transfer of a Superliga player since Daniel Agger left Brondby to join Liverpool for £6m in 2006.
His agent, former Fulham and Manchester City defender Niclas Jensen, revealed there has been interest in N’Doye from across the continent, including England.
Everton and Newcastle are also believed to be in the hunt for the striker’s signature.
But Reading are not prepared to be held to ransom over transfer targets following the multi-million pound takeover of the club by Anton Zingarevich.
Jensen said: “There has been a lot of rumours around, obviously because he has done some fantastic work in the last two or three seasons in the Danish League and has scored a lot of goals, and attracted a lot of interest from various clubs in various leagues.
“I cannot really comment too much on speculation because I don’t think it would be fair towards the clubs who have shown an interest. It is up to the clubs to decide how much they want me to say about it.”
N’Doye has only won 11 caps for Senegal since receiving his first call-up in 2011 and may face problems obtaining a work permit to play in the Premier League.
But Jensen said: “I think he would get it. I think the Senegalese Football Federation would be quite helpful with that matter.”