John Swift and Michael Olise could be dropped by Reading after their midweek disasterclass with Mark Bowen reading the riot act to a pair of Leeds United and Celtic targets, as reported by Berkshire Live.
Like every other Championship club, the Royals have been hit hard by an ongoing financial crisis which has many a team worried about their very survival.
As a result, Reading may be forced to listen to offers for some of their star players come the end of the season.
Not that Swift and Olise looked much like stars during a 3-0 hammering at home to Brentford on Tuesday night.
The former looked a shadow of the player who has produced five goals and ten assists in the Championship this season, while the latter failed to get to grips with a fabulous and free-flowing Bees side at the Madejski.
And Bowen has warned that both Swift and Olise, who were hooked against Brentford, could be left on the bench during Saturday’s trip to an in-form Luton Town.
“We didn’t control the midfield as much as we wanted to,” Bowen fumed.
“When you have Swift, Olise and (Ovie) Ejaria I expect us to control possession more there – I wouldn’t mention Andy Rinomhota because I thought he was fabulous on the night.
“(Rinomhota) had the courage and the conviction to take the game to the opposition, but too many of my other players were left wanting on the night.
“We’ll look at personnel and how to freshen things up.”
GetReading reported this week that Leeds are interested in Swift, who had the honour of being labelled a ‘great player’ by Marcelo Bielsa earlier this season.
Sheffield United have made an opening bid of £3.5 million for the ex-Chelsea youngster .
France youth international Olise, meanwhile, is a target for Celtic. Hoops’ transfer chief Nicky Hammond is a big fan of a youngster he saw up close during his time at Reading (Mail).