The Whites and the Blues were hoping for George Puscas to join either Elland Road or St Andrew’s.

Leeds United, Birmingham City and Sheffield United have missed out on one of their reported targets as Inter Milan striker George Puscas has officially sealed a move to Reading (Royals website).

According to the Daily Mail, the 23-year-old Romania international was being courted by the Elland Road side and the St Andrew’s outfit this summer, while Premier League new-boys Sheff Utd were also said to be keen (Sport).

However, in the end it was Leeds and Birmingham’s Championship rivals who have pulled off the coup of signing the highly rated player from the Serie A giants, penning a five-year deal at the Madejski Stadium, and although the fee is undisclosed, he reportedly had a £9.1million price tag (Birmingham Mail).

Puscas rejoined Inter for a second spell this summer having scored 10 goals for Palermo in Serie B last season, and also scored three goals for Romania at the European Under-21 Championships earlier in the summer, while at senior level he has an impressive four goals in eight games (Transfermarkt).

An old school number nine who boasts pace, power and a bullet header, the 6ft 2in Puscas was compared by former Sheffield Wednesday star Andy Hinchcliffe to the legendary Alan Shearer during a Sky Sports commentary (27 June, 5:00pm).

In other news, Some Leeds fans are saying the same thing about Kiko Casilla