Pogrebnyak cools transfer talk

Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has dismissed speculation

linking him with a summer move amid reported interest from West Ham

and Southampton.

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

England.”

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

first question.”

Lift

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.”