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Novakovich loaned to Dutch side Fortuna Sittard after signing new Reading contract

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Andrija Novakovich will be taking a step up after thriving in a loan spell with Telstar last season.

Reading announced on Wednesday that the U.S. Men’s National Team forward has been loaned to Eredivisie side Fortuna Sittard. The move comes as Novakovich also signs a new contract that will keep him under the Reading umbrella through 2020.

Fortuna is set to play in the Dutch top flight for the first time in 18 years after finishing second in the Eerste Divisie in 2017-18.

“There were several potential clubs, but my choice of Fortuna is a very conscious one,” Novakovich said. “They tried even harder than the rest to convince me. That made me trust them. I really believe in their plans for the future. Last season they have already shown where those plans can lead. 

“Fortuna is ambitious and I am too. They offer me a great stage to prove myself on a higher level.”

Novakovich scored 19 goals in 35 league appearances last season for Telstar in the Dutch second division. In addition, the 21-year-old striker has made two senior appearances for the U.S. Men’s National Team, most recently featuring in the 2-1 loss to the Republic of Ireland.

“I am delighted that Andrija has chosen us,” technical director Mustafa Aztopal tsaid. “He played an excellent season with Telstar, which meant several Eredivisie clubs were after his signature. We have done our best to get him to Sittard and with success. Andrija believes in the project we started and has confidence in the club. 

“With him we get a complete striker who has a good understanding of space, is pretty fast and who is not afraid to carry out his defensive tasks. He is an American international and just as ambitious as we are. I am therefore convinced that next season he will become one of the most important players in our team. Andrija already told me that he is happy to be part of Fortuna family now.”

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Reading confirm transfer agreement for 21-year old striker

Reading have announced that young striker Andrija Novakovich has signed a new two-year deal at the Madejski Stadium and will move to Fortuna Sittard on loan for next season.

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The academy graduate is highly-rated at the Royals but clearly isn’t in manager Paul Clement’s plans and will spend the next 12 months in Holland, as he did last season.

The 21-year old spent last season at Telstar in the Dutch second tier and was very impressive, hitting 19 goals in the campaign which made him the second highest scorer in the league.

That prompted interest in the player from several clubs abroad and he will move to Fortuna Sittard who are newly-promoted to the Eredivisie, meaning Novakovich will take on the likes of PSV, Ajax and Feyenoord.

Once the loan spell is up, the American forward will have a year left on his contract, however he will hope to add to the two appearances he has made for Royals before his new deal expires.

The Verdict

This is a good move for all involved. Novakovich has proven himself to be a very good player in Dutch football but moving to the top-tier will be a new test for him.

Everyone at Reading will be interested to see how he copes against some quality opposition and if he does well they will consider using him in 12 months time.

For the player, getting a move and playing regularly is better than sitting on the bench or playing U23 football so this benefits everyone.

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Reading FC: Andrija Novakovich pens fresh two-year contract before sealing loan move to Dutch top flight

ANDRIJA Novakovich has signed a new two-year contract with Reading FC – and immediately sealed a loan move to the Dutch top flight.

The 21-year-old USA international put pen to paper on a fresh deal this week that keeps him at Madejski Stadium until 2020.

But the talented striker will play no part in Paul Clement’s first-team next season after agreeing a loan move to Fortuna Sittard for the 2018/19 campaign following their promotion back to the Eredivise.

Novakovich reaped the rewards of a loan spell in the Netherlands last season when he scored 19 goals in 35 league games for second-tier outfit Telstar – making him the second highest scorer in the division.

His form did not go unnoticed by the USA national team, earning the first of two caps in a 1-0 friendly win against Paraguay in March.

News of Novakovich’s departure has fuelled speculation that Clement already has lined up at least one new striker in the summer transfer window – having already released Joseph Mendes after his contract expired.

Royals boss is being linked with Nottingham Forest striker Barrie McKay, 23, while unconfirmed reports in the Italian media suggest 24-year-old Genoa forward, David Milinkovic, is another potential target after his loan move back to Scottish Premiership side Hearts appears to have broken down.

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Reading FC transfer latest: Paul Clement eyes Genoa forward; Tommy Elphick deal hits potential snag

READING FC are being linked with Genoa forward David Milinkovic.

The 24-year-old spent last season on loan with Heart of Midlothian.

But unconfirmed reports in the Italian media suggest he has failed to reach an agreement with the Scottish Premiership league side over a possible return this summer.

It is now being said Reading may look to capitalise on Hearts’ misfortune by launching a bid themselves, though Championship rivals Ipswich Town are also said to be showing interest in the Frenchman.

Milinkovic launched his senior career in Serbia with Red Star Belgrade and then FK Rad, who loaned him out to a number of clubs.

A move to Italy followed and, after a brief spell with AS Roma, he joined Serie B outfits Ternana Calcio and Salernitana before signing for Genoa in 2016.

He continued to struggle for regular games and was loaned to Virtus Lanciano, Messina and then Foggia before sealing a loan switch to Hearts in summer 2017.

Milinkovic, who can play up front or on the wing, scored six goals and claimed two assists in 24 league games for Herts last season.

But with a return to Tynecastle now looking unlikely, Royals boss Paul Clement could try and lure him to Madejski Stadium instead.

Clement is keen to bolster his strikeforce and has also been linked with Nottingham Forest’s Barrie McKay.

Barrie McKay celebrates a goal for Nottingham Forest. Picture: Getty Images.

The 23-year-old former Rangers forward is expected to leave the City Ground this summer.

Reading have already lost one striker since the end of last season following the departure of Joseph Mendes after his contract expired.

Former Stoke City and Manchester City midfielder Stephen Ireland is another target of Clement’s.

The 31-year-old has been released by the Potters after their relegation from the Premier League and is available on a free transfer.

Meanwhile, Reading’s hopes to re-signing Tommy Elphick on a permanent deal from Aston Villa appear to have hit a snag.

The Chronicle understands John Terry’s departure from Villa has left the door open for Elphick to fight for his place in the first-team.

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Reading FC transfer latest: Paul Clement eyes Genoa forward; Tommy Elphick deal hits potential snag

READING FC are being linked with Genoa forward David Milinkovic.

The 24-year-old spent last season on loan with Heart of Midlothian.

But unconfirmed reports in the Italian media suggest he has failed to reach an agreement with the Scottish Premiership league side over a possible return this summer.

It is now being said Reading may look to capitalise on Hearts’ misfortune by launching a bid themselves, though Championship rivals Ipswich Town are also said to be showing interest in the Frenchman.

Milinkovic launched his senior career in Serbia with Red Star Belgrade and then FK Rad, who loaned him out to a number of clubs.

A move to Italy followed and, after a brief spell with AS Roma, he joined Serie B outfits Ternana Calcio and Salernitana before signing for Genoa in 2016.

He continued to struggle for regular games and was loaned to Virtus Lanciano, Messina and then Foggia before sealing a loan switch to Hearts in summer 2017.

Milinkovic, who can play up front or on the wing, scored six goals and claimed two assists in 24 league games for Herts last season.

But with a return to Tynecastle now looking unlikely, Royals boss Paul Clement could try and lure him to Madejski Stadium instead.

Clement is keen to bolster his strikeforce and has also been linked with Nottingham Forest’s Barrie McKay.

Barrie McKay celebrates a goal for Nottingham Forest. Picture: Getty Images.

The 23-year-old former Rangers forward is expected to leave the City Ground this summer.

Reading have already lost one striker since the end of last season following the departure of Joseph Mendes after his contract expired.

Former Stoke City and Manchester City midfielder Stephen Ireland is another target of Clement’s.

The 31-year-old has been released by the Potters after their relegation from the Premier League and is available on a free transfer.

Meanwhile, Reading’s hopes to re-signing Tommy Elphick on a permanent deal from Aston Villa appear to have hit a snag.

The Chronicle understands John Terry’s departure from Villa has left the door open for Elphick to fight for his place in the first-team.

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No agreement for Hearts as Reading and Ipswich Town look to move in on attacker

According to a claim in the Italian media, Hearts have failed to come to an agreement to re-sign Genoa attacker Manuel David Milinkovic.

Milinkovic spent last season on loan with Hearts and there’s a possibility Championship sides Reading and Ipswich Town could come in for the 24 year old.

TMW report Hearts wants to bring the winger back to Tynecastle for next season, but it’s looking unlikely he will return to the Scottish Premiership side.

It’s claimed Genoa and Hearts came to an agreement over a permanent transfer, but the contract offered to the player has so far been rejected.

This now opens the door for both Ipswich Town and Reading to sign Milinkovic, with the two clubs credited with interest.

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Both Ipswich Town and Reading had disappointing campaigns last season and will be looking to put this right this summer by improving their squads.

Milinkovic played 22 games for Hearts last season, scoring 6 goals and providing 2 assists.

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Winger Milinkovic Linked With Town and Reading

Winger Milinkovic Linked With Town and Reading
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An Italian report claims the Blues and Reading are showing interest in Genoa winger Manuel Milinkovic, who spent 2017/18 on loan in Scotland with Hearts.

According to Tuttomercatoweb.com, the Edinburgh side would like to keep hold of the 24-year-old and the clubs have an agreement regarding a permanent switch, however, the player is unhappy with the contract on offer at Tynecastle.

The report claims the impasse could see other clubs come into the running with Town and the Royals said to be interested.

Blues manager Paul Hurst said at his press conference last week that adding wingers is his priority as he addresses an imbalance in his squad ahead of the new season.

Town director of football Dave Bowman, who is effectively the club’s chief scout, is known to have spent time scouting in Scotland last season.

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Antibes-born French-Serbian Milinkovic played youth football with AS Cannes in France and then Red Star Belgrade in Serbia.

Spells with Rad and BASK, also Belgrade-based sides, followed before he moved on to Italy and Ternana, Salernitana and in 2016 Genoa, where he has a year left on his contract but is yet to make a first-team appearance.

After loan stints with Virtus Lanciano, Messina and Foggia, Milinkovic, who primarily plays in the left but can also operate on the right or up front, moved to Hearts in August last year, scoring six goals in 16 starts and 10 sub appearances.

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Contract Not Good Enough – Reading and Ipswich Keen As Hearts Struggle To Close Winger Deal

 

Reading and Ipswich are bidding to take advantage of Hearts failing to agree terms to keep Manuel Milinkovic.

The French winger was on loan at Tynecastle last season from Italian Serie A side Genoa and impressed, with Hearts now wanting to keep him on a permanent basis.

Hearts have reached an agreement with Genoa, but not with Milinkovic.

According to Italian outlet Tutto Mercato, the player considers the contract offer put forward by Hearts not to be good enough.
 

And the winger has options, with two clubs from the English Championship keen to secure his signature.

The duo are Reading and Ipswich, who may be able to present more tempting proposals to Milinkovic than Hearts.

He made 24 appearances in the Scottish Premiership for Hearts last season, scoring six goals and providing five assists for his team-mates.

The winger has a further 12 months to run on his contract with Genoa and the Italian side are open to cashing in this summer.
 

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Reading FC: Doubt cast over Tommy Elphick's permanent transfer; Royals linked with Nottingham Forest winger

TOMMY Elphick’s permanent switch to Reading FC has been cast into doubt.

Royals were hoping to land the Aston Villa defender on a fresh deal following his four-month loan spell at Madejski Stadium last season.

But the Chronicle understands the door has been left open for Elphick to fight for his place by Villa boss Steve Bruce.

Elphick’s time at Villa Park appeared to be at an end after he lost his place in the first-team.

But sources in the Midlands suggest Elphick’s chances of playing regular football next season have greatly improved following the departure of former England and Chelsea star John Terry.

Villa are looking to offload players this summer to remain within tight Financial Fair Play restrictions.

However, Bruce could see 30-year-old Elphick as a useful option in the future as Villa attempt to mount another promotion campaign.

Elphick made only four appearances for Reading after sustaining a serious knee injury on his first start.

But he did help a previously porous defence secure a 0-0 draw at Cardiff City on the final day to end Royals’ relegation worries.

Meanwhile, Reading are being linked with Nottingham Forest winger, Barrie McKay.

Barrie McKay of Nottingham Forest. Picture: Getty Images.

McKay is expected to leave Forest this summer but his proposed move to Olympiacos appears to have stalled.

The Scottish Sun is now reporting that McKay – who scored five goals in 28 games for Forest last season – could be heading to Madejski Stadium.

McKay, 23, struggled to get regular games under Aitor Karanka when he replaced Mark Warburton.

The ex-Rangers striker is now said to be open to a move and would prefer to remain in the UK, with clubs in Germany and Russia also showing an interest.

Reading are also thought to be chasing former Stoke City and Manchester City midfielder Stephen Ireland.

The 31-year-old former Republic of Ireland star has been released by the Potters and is available on a free transfer.

Reading are one of several clubs in the hunt for Peterborough United’s attacking midfielder Marcus Maddison along with Derby County, Sunderland and Forest.

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Reading FC: 'Free agent' Joseph Mendes says farewell to Royals teammates

JOSEPH Mendes is a free agent after leaving Reading FC.

The 27-year-old striker has been told his contract will not be extended when it expires at the end of the month.

The French forward has been linked with Bolton Wanderers in the past and is hoping to find a new club in England.

Mendes bid farewell to his Royals teammates and supporters on Instagram earlier today.

He said: “I don’t know yet what will be my future, but I just want to say thank you to all the fans and all my friends from Reading.

“Two years spent with you was great sometimes and also frustrating.

“But I have some good memories. I wish you all the best, lads.”

Mendes joined Royals from French side Le Harve in July 2016, signing a two-year contract.

He scored on his first start in a 3-1 away victory at Aston Villa in April, 2017.

He made 20 first-team appearances in all and scored three goals.

His last appearance for Royals came in a 1-0 defeat at Preston on August 19 last year.

Mendes then suffered a serious knee injury which ruled him out for the majority of last season.

Stephen Quinn has also left Reading after his contract expired following a long battle with injuries.

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Reading FC: Bodvarsson relishing 'surreal' World Cup adventure in Russia

READING FC striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson has described Iceland’s World Cup involvement as ‘unreal’ and ‘surreal’.

The World Cup kicks off in Russia later today when the hosts take on Saudi Arabia (Thursday, 4pm ko, BST).

Iceland’s historic World Cup debut begins against Lionel Messi’s Argentina this Saturday before further Group D fixtures against Nigeria and Croatia.

“I can’t wait,” said Bodvarsson, who finished as Royals’ top scorer last season with 10 goals. “It’s been a journey with the national team and to actually be playing on as big a stage as the World Cup is unreal.

“It’s a bit surreal really. As a kid I played in this little town called Selfoss and just enjoyed life, imagining things that you’d be in a World Cup tournament or the Euros.

“To be there is a bit surreal, but it’ll be a fantastic experience and hopefully we’ll do something good.”

Iceland will be competing in the World Cup for the first time and they warmed up for the tournament with a 3-2 defeat to Norway and 2-2 draw with Ghana in the past week.

Bodvarsson, 26, started the game against Norway when ex-Royal Gylfi Sigurdsson was among the Iceland goalscorers, and he also came off the bench in the second half against Ghana.

Royals will net almost £60,000 from former midfielder Paolo Hurtado’s participation in the World Cup with Peru. 

But the ex-Wolves hitman admits Iceland have their work cut out to reach the World Cup knockout stages.

“We have quite a tough group to be fair,” he added. “It’ll be a tough task for the team but you want to play those games.

“It’ll be a good experience and hopefully we’ll do better than the Euros. We’ve mainly played against European teams so to play against different continents is exciting.

“The country just can’t wait, there’s very big excitement in the air and everybody’s looking forward to it. A lot of people are also travelling so there’s World Cup fever in Iceland right now.”

Royals stand to net a welcome six-figure sum in appearance fees at the World Cup

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Reading FC: A series of phone calls to Paul Clement convinced John O'Shea to sign for Royals

JOHN O’Shea revealed a series of phone calls to Paul Clement convinced him to sign for Reading FC.

A string of Championship clubs were chasing O’Shea after Sunderland decided not to extend his contract by another year following their relegation to League One.

But it was Royals who won the race for the former Manchester United defender – with O’Shea citing his relationship with Clement as the main reason behind his decision to move to Madejski Stadium on a one-year deal.

“I’m delighted, in the last couple of weeks I’ve been chatting to the manager and getting an idea and feel for the place,” said 37-year-old O’Shea.

“When you see the surroundings, it’s obviously very impressive and I’m looking forward to getting started now.

“People were aware that I was going to be out of contract, so a few phonecalls are made and I was able to get to speak to the manager.

“He was able to get his ideas across and it was very important for me to be able to have that ambition and look for his thoughts.

“I worked with him a good few years ago with the Irish Under 21s and when he was involved with the senior team for a couple of caretaker games when he was assistant.

“It stuck in my mind how much of an impressive coach he was, to get the chance to work with him again was important.”

O’Shea joined Sunderland from Manchester United – where he won the Champions League and five Premier League titles in 2011 for £6million.

He spent seven years with the Black Cats and played almost 250 times for the club including 40 appearances last season as Sunderland slipped out of the Championship.

Paul Clement, right, with Royals assistant manager, Nigel Gibbs.

He is a former Republic of Ireland and Sunderland team-mate of fellow new Royals signing David Mayler, and he also played with Reading keeper Vito Mannone at the Stadium of Light.

O’Shea, who retired from international football recently after winning 118 caps, is also a close friend of Royals skipper and ex-Ireland team-mate,

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