Pogrebnyak cools transfer talk
Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has dismissed speculation
linking him with a summer move amid reported interest from West Ham
The Russian striker, who joined the Royals on a four-year deal
from Fulham last summer, has been unable to prevent the club’s
slide into the Premier League relegation places, with seven points
currently between them and safety.
West Ham and Southampton are rumoured to be keen on the
29-year-old, with reports suggesting the clubs have held unofficial
talks with Reading over the striker.
However, Pogrebnyak has rubbished the speculation and says he
will not discuss his future until the end of the season, when he is
confident the Royals will still be in the top-flight.
He told Russian website Sport Express: “It’s b******t, nonsense.
I haven’t heard anything about it and I don’t want to comment any
transfer news until the end of the championship.
“We’ll talk everything over with president Anton Zingarevich at
the end of the season. But we won’t be relegated.”
Pogrebnyak has also been linked with a return to Russia with
Zenit St Petersburg but, asked what he would do in the event
Reading do suffer relegation, he added: “My priority is
The striker went on to dismiss reports Rubin Kazan were poised
to sign him in the January transfer window.
He added: “It’s a nonsense again. Look at my answer for the
Pogrebnyak believes the arrival of new manager Nigel Adkins will
lift the players going into the run-in.
He added: “The new manager, Nigel Adkins, was introduced to us
and he had his first training with us.
“He was working with Southampton recently. I think his arrival
means a positive feeling for us before the end of the season.”