Reading - Rodgers: Tommy Smith wants to join Reading
UK time is: 21:08:52
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Rodgers: Tommy Smith wants to join Reading

After losing Kevin Doyle, Leroy Lita and Dave Kitson it is obvious Brendan Rodgers top priority is to get a new striker to the club and it is no secret that his number 1 target is Watford's Tommy Smith.

The Royals have had a bid of 750,000 turned down for the striker and championship rivals Sheff Utd have had a bid accepted of 1.8million. However Rodger's is sure that Smith would prefer to follow him to the Madejski Stadium.

Rodgers told the Reading Post, 'He wants to be here. He`s a player that has turned down a number of moves. My job is to identify the players that I want and then I, in exactly the same scenario as Steve Coppell, let Nick Hammond and the board get on with it.'

He doesn`t have to go anywhere unless he wants to, but there`s been good communication. Nick Hammond`s been having good communication with the chairman there and hopefully, I`m not sure how quickly, there will be some sort of resolution on it.'

'At the moment Tommy is a Watford player, he`s a player who I`ve identified and would love to bring in. I know his work and he`s a big player in the Championship. When you lose 18 goals in Kevin Doyle you want to replace someone with that efficiency and Tommy in every aspect is a big player.'

However Watford chairman Jimmy Russo has hit back at Rodgers comments telling the Watford official website, 'It is with disappointment that I have read Brendan Rodgers' comments regarding our player Tommy Smith. I am somewhat disturbed as to how Brendan knows Tommy's future intentions.

'His comments are not very respectful to the fans and the staff at Watford Football Club and he must not forget that Watford gave him his first managerial opportunity. Reading have failed to meet our valuation of the player in question, in fact last week I labelled the bid 'derisory'.'

For the very latest Championship odds

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Steve Guscott  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 9 2009

Time: 8:33PM


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Reading Articles

October and November Review- Full Backs (Saturday November 28 2015)

October and November Review- Goalkeepers (Saturday November 28 2015)

Forest Vs Reading- Line Ups Announced (Saturday November 28 2015)

Nottingham Forest Vs Reading-Preview (Thursday November 26 2015)

Stats: Reading v Bolton (Sunday November 22 2015)

Reading scrape past struggling Bolton (Sunday November 22 2015)

Clarke set to stay (Thursday November 19 2015)

Clarke set to make shock move to Fulham (Thursday November 19 2015)

The EFL Coming Soon To Reading (Thursday November 12 2015)

Archived Reading Articles

List All Vital Reading Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
6. Birmingham 18 8 4 6 5 28
7. Ipswich 18 7 7 4 3 28
8. Sheff Wed 18 7 7 4 3 28
9. Reading 18 7 6 5 5 27
10. Cardiff 18 6 8 4 3 26
11. Brentford 17 7 3 7 -1 24
12. Q.P.R. 18 6 5 7 -2 23

Reading Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Austin Header Powers QPR to Victory
Q.P.R. : 29/11/2015 20:26:00
Wednesday Star Lucas Joao - 'I'm in my best form ever!'
Sheff Wed : 29/11/2015 20:20:01
Wednesday at Stoke City - Wildsmith Plays!
Sheff Wed : 29/11/2015 20:00:00
LUFC Queens Park Rangers v Leeds United Highlights
Leeds Utd : 29/11/2015 19:26:00
Smith Approached? Carsley In Charge At Bolton
Brentford : 29/11/2015 18:52:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

What Striker do you want to see here?
Suggested By:  
Dom Solanke 8%
Lewis Grabban 16%
Jamie Mackie 16%
Carlton Cole 9%
Nahki Wells 51%