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Rumour Mill-Pato Reading Between The Lines?

Rumour Mill-Pato Reading Between The Lines?

Martin Paterson, despite having spent most of last season out with injury, appears to be attracting the attention of some of our Championship rivals.

Last week, the gossip suggested that Pompey gaffer, Steve Cotterill was keen to sign Pato It would appear Burnley though have rebuffed two bids from the Clarets former boss who is understood to want to bring the 24-year-old to Fratton Park for a fee of around £1.5 million.

It was also mooted that David Nugent coming the other way could form part of a deal.

Pato still has two years remaining on his contract and Howe would not be keen to let him go. The Burnley gaffer also denied this week that any bids had been received from the Hampshire club.

Now it is the turn of the Sunday tabloids to fuel speculation with Reading this morning linked as a potential suitor.

It would appear Royals gaffer, Brian McDermott wants to bring the Burnley striker Martin Paterson to the Madejski Stadium especially if he is forced to sell in-demand striker, Shane Long.

That would all be rather ironic if such a deal was completed bearing in mind Burnley knocked out Reading in the play-offs semi-final during our promotion season with Paterson scoring a stunning goal in our 2-0 second-leg victory down in Berkshire.

McDermott is reported to have already sounded out Burnley about the player but if true it is likely he got the same response the club gave Pompey...Hands Off!!

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Date:Sunday July 3 2011
Time: 7:52AM


Place your bets that we lose one before we sign one!! Would be plain stupid to let Pato go unless we are preparing to bring another striker in with higher quality
03/07/2011 07:57:00
Should have said it was written by Alan Nixon too
03/07/2011 08:15:00
Thought Pato would be the least of our players to be sold after the injuries he has suffered, just wondering his he going to be in the starting eleven any time soon and it is his agent who is banding his name to other Clubs. Just a thought but could be way of the mark.
03/07/2011 08:26:00
Assuming we don't lose any strikers or bring in anymore, it is still probably our strongest area at the moment. Assuming 4-4-2, we have three fighting for those two places up front-Austin,Pato and JayRod. All three could be accommodated in the same team of course but one would have to be played out wide! We then have youngsters like Wes Fletcher (assuming he signs a new deal on offer) and Alex MacDonald waiting in the wings. Lose one of the strikers though eg Pato and we would definitely need to bring in at least one new replacement. A Pato move to Pompey with Nugent coming t'other way would be interesting. That said though I think Pato offers summat different up front and would love to see him partner Austin or JayRod
03/07/2011 09:48:00
Say someone offer Reading £5million for Long and they offer £3.5 for Pato, at a time when no bids have been received for the players we'd like to get off our payroll? Then again, just bask in the glory of our competitiveness in having a striker wanted by the club who lost in the P Off final, but who is coming back to strengthen our strong squad, led this time by a gaffer with a plan! Up the Clarets!
Couch Potato
03/07/2011 09:48:00
tmp I am presuming you have not mentioned Big Chris as you think Wes Fletcher and Alex McDonald are better because they run, jump, skip and have nothing to do with BL! Until he departs (which I hope he does) Big Chris will have to be considered as a Burnley striker imo.
03/07/2011 14:24:00
True VR but I have assumed he will be departing, at least one director I know was certainly not very complimentary after I overheard a conversation he had on the train coming back from Leeds! Not our style of striker it seems.although it would help if he could hit a barn door with his head or feet from 20 paces!
03/07/2011 17:11:00
Yes I am happy for him to leave too, but whilst we are paying him, you would have to consider him to be ahead of the two young lads for a place on the bench due to experience and size against some of the big experienced defenders in our league.
04/07/2011 08:09:00
Maybe it's wishful thinking on my part! ;-)
04/07/2011 08:19:00
If Iwelumo goes and Pato stays we have no recognised "target man". Not necessarily a problem but it will mean a change in style from last season. On the other hand if Nugent comes in he would be regarded more in the classic centre forward mould. Got to be better than big Chris at holding the ball up and general all round team contribution?
Essex Claret
04/07/2011 11:21:00
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