Arshavin urged to join the Reading

Pavel Pogrebnyak Reading StrikerReading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has urged fellow Russian and Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin to join him at the Royals.

Arshavin has been frozen out of the last few Russia squads and has struggled to consistently hold down a place in the Arsenal starting line-up, being limited to cameo appearances this season.

Pogrebnyak is looking to re-ignite the partnership he has had with the Gunners ace when they both played for Zenit St Petersburg and the national team.

The Royals owner Anton Zingarevich is believed to have expressed a clear interest in trying to lure Arshavin to the Berkshire club.

Zingarevich is known to be a Zenit St Petersburg fan and the Russian hopes he can lure his fellow compatriot to the Madejski stadium.

Pogrebnyak was aware of the interest from his employer and was delighted at the prospect of the deal coming off and went on to laud Arshavin.

He said to “It’s Arshavin who has to make the decision. Anton Zingarevich knows him well enough without listening to my opinion, as he is from St Petersburg.

“Andrey is a master and there is no doubt that it would be great to see him at Reading.”

The Royals are believed to be keen to reinforce their ranks in January and the owner is thought to be willing to bankroll as many as 11 new signings in the next window, in a bid beat to beat the Premier League drop.

Reading welcome Everton to the Madejski this weekend as they look to secure their first Premier League win of the season.

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