Reading are lining up a move for FC Sochaux forward Cedric Bakambu, according to Sky Sports’ Pete O’Rourke.
Reading are lining up a move for highly-rated Sochaux striker Cedric Bakambu. #readingfc
— Pete O’Rourke (@SkySportsPeteO) August 29, 2014
The Frenchman, 23, has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs and it was reported just 48 hours ago that the player had admitted to interest The Southwales Evening Post said that the player had admitted “Swansea want me”. It was also reported three days ago that Bakambu was set to choose between Freiburg and Swansea as he looks to move to a more high profile league. However, it now appears that The Championship side are lining up a move for the French hot-prospect as they look to add goals and an injection of pace to their striking options. He is though to be worth around £2.5 million pounds although, considering he has entered the last year of his contract, this could drop before deadline day.
Bakambu’s scoring record, 21 goals in 107 games, is just over one every 5 games and whilst this may not sound formidable he did not actually start a league game until a quarter of the way though the 11/12 season and while he was primarily used as a centre forward he was occasionally moved out onto the left wing. At 23 Bakambu could look to be a future prospect still, and when you consider that he has pace, strength and the ability to play on either wing, behind the striker or as a centre forward then it’s clear to see why The Royals are one of a host of clubs chasing the former European Under 19s Championship winner.
The move certainly represents a signal of intent from Nigel Adkins who will feel the need to strengthen having lost star striker Adam Le Fondre to Cardiff over the summer.