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Reading's Sone Aluko reportedly set for surprise exit 18 months after club-record £7m deal

30th March 2018, Madejski Stadium, Reading, England; EFL Championship football, Reading versus Queens Park Rangers; Sone Aluko of Reading beats Conor Washington of QPR to the header

Reading’s Sone Aluko has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League.

3rd August 2018, Madejski Stadium, Reading, England; EFL Championship football, Reading versus Derby County; Max Lowe of Derby County competes for the ball against Sone Aluko of Reading

According to a report in the Reading Chronicle, Reading forward Sone Aluko could be about to join Beijing Renhe with the Chinese Super League club also owned by Reading owners Dai Yongge and Dai Xiu Li.

The report states that Aluko may have already played his final game for the club as he was absent from manager Jose Gomes’s squad for the recent 4-0 defeat at Championship opponents Sheffield United.

 

The Chinese Super League’s transfer deadline closes at the end of the February, but it seems a deal could be done sooner than then in what would be a surprise exit for the Royals man.

Aluko joined Reading from Fulham for a club record £7 million fee in the summer of 2017, but he has struggled to make much of an impact at the Madejski Stadium, scoring just four goals in 59 games.

The 29-year-old is a seven-capped Nigeria international and has had spells at Aberdeen, Rangers, Hull City and Fulham prior to his move to Reading.

Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan (left) battles with Reading's Sone Aluko (right) during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Sheffield Wednesday at Madejski Stadium on...

Many supporters at the Madejski Stadium would have expected more from their record signing, but ultimately he has struggled to get going and the change in managers wouldn’t have helped his cause.

New boss Jose Gomes has been tasked with lowering Reading’s wage bill, reducing the size of the squad and importantly keeping the club in the Championship as they battle for survival.

Defeat to the Blades leaves the Royals just above Rotherham United on goal difference, while Bolton Wanderers are a further three points back following their heavy home defeat to Norwich City.

30th March 2018, Madejski Stadium, Reading, England; EFL Championship football, Reading versus Queens Park Rangers; Sone Aluko of Reading beats Conor Washington of QPR to the header

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