Koren would welcome a move to Reading FCBy Lewis Rudd
June 19, 2012
Reading are reportedly keen on bringing Hull City midfielder Robert Koren to Madejski Stadium.
Royals boss Brian McDermott is said to be a long-term admirer of the retired Slovenian international, having watched the player when working as the club's chief scout in 2006, before the now 31-year-old joined Reading’s Premier League rivals West Bromwich Albion.
Koren, who scored 10 goals for The Tigers last season as the club narrowly missed out on a play-off spot, has just one-year left on his current contract and has been subject to failed bids from Championship outfits Middlesbrough and Leicester City during the close season.
It is believed the offers were in the region of £750,000.
Hull owners Assem and Ehab Allam have pledged in recent weeks to keep hold of the club’s key players as they look to plot a return to the Premier League following a two-year absence.
getreading, however, understands the Humberside club could be willing to listen to offers of around £1 million for the attacking midfielder.
Koren’s agent Zoran Krneta would not comment on Reading’s suggested interest in his client, saying that the player – who is currently away on holiday – is wanting to sit down and talk with new Hull boss Steve Bruce when pre-season training begins on Monday, July 2, before making any decision on his future.
He said: “I cannot say anything right now as it is early days, but Brian McDermott has had a long-term admiration for Robert Koren and watched him six-years ago, but he joined West Brom.
“Robert is a player Brian knows very well, but the circumstances were different back then.
“I believe there is no Championship player who would not be attracted to the Premier League, and obviously if there was an offer from Reading then that would be something Robert would think seriously over.
“But Hull have just appointed a new manager and I am sure Robert will want to come back from his holiday and see what happens.”
Koren is the latest in a long list of names to be linked with a move to Madejski Stadium following the club’s promotion to the Premier League and the recent multi-million take over of the club by Anton Zingarevich – and he will certainly not be the last.
While talk of moves for players such as Ledley King and Jermaine Defoe have gone quiet, the rumour mill continues to remain in full swing as the club is allegedly linked with players such as Crewe midfielder Ashley Westwood and Bjorn Sigurdson of Lillestrom.
McDermott and the Royals hierarchy were due to sit down this week to discuss budgets and identify summer targets to add to the squad as the club looks to extend its stay in the Premier League beyond next season.
Speaking ahead of that meeting, director of football Nick Hammond explained how former Bearwood College pupil Zinegarevich has been “very supportive” in his commitment to the club's future.
“Anton has been great,” he said.
“He allowed us to go and do what we did in January (bringing Jason Roberts and Tomas Cywka to Madejski Stadium), and without that support things may have been different.
“We speak every day. He loves his football and watches a lot of football. We speak about players – he asks for my views on certain things – but we want an owner who will take an active interest.
“Ultimately though, football decisions come back to myself and Brian.”