Reading are now willing to listen to offers for Nicky Shorey, their England left full back
Nicky Shorey is now officially available
Shorey has been with the Reading club for seven seasons now, and has been linked with moves to West Ham United, Aston Villa and Newcastle United.
Nigel Howe, the club’s chief executive, said they need to cut the wage bill:
â€œNicky Shorey and a few others will be looked at as potential people to leave,â€
â€œNicky has made it clear for a long time that he hasnâ€™t been too happy at the club. Well, letâ€™s hope that somebody comes in with a good offer.â€
Steve Coppell, the manager, is thought to have already accepted a Â£500K pay-cut to remain at the club.
Boy, it must be nice to be getting so much money that you can take a half million pound cut in wages. 😀
â€œWe have said to Steve that, if he trades well, it should release enough funds to go forward,â€
â€œBut he wonâ€™t have money unless he sells. At the moment we are just trying to balance the budget.â€
â€œThe concern is to keep as many of the core squad together. But Steve does want to reduce the squad so he is expecting to receive offers for players.”
“If Steve wants to keep all the players on the same salaries, there wonâ€™t be the release of funds. If he reduces the wage bill, he will have funds.â€
â€œEven though we get the Â£11m parachute we have still got very highly paid players – even with the reduction in wages – so we will have to budget for a small loss.”
“Salaries have to be at the middle range and some in the upper range for the Championship.â€
There was news last week that Newcastle may bid Â£2.5M for Shorey, but we think a higher bid will be needed to capture the player.
He would be a good buy for Newcastle, since he’s a proven Premier League player, and would do well at our club.
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