Reading have made an offer to bring Chuks Aneke to the Madejski Stadium this summer.
That’s according to a report by TEAMtalk, who claim that Veljko Paunovic has submitted an offer to the Charlton Athletic forward regarding a switch to the Royals this summer, with the 27-year-old’s contract at The Valley set to expire at the end of the month.
The report goes on to state that the £360k-rated attacker has rejected the offer of a new deal with Nigel Adkins side, meaning that he will be available to sign on a free transfer in the coming weeks.
However, TEAMtalk also claim that a number of other Championship sides, including the likes of Middlesbrough, Coventry City, Queens Park Rangers and Bristol City, have also submitted an offer for the former England U19 international.
Considering how highly Aneke impressed for Charlton this season, it is hardly surprising to learn of the enormous amount of interest in the former Arsenal forward this summer.
Indeed, over his 38 League One appearances for the Addicks this term, the 27-year-old scored 15 goals, registered two assists and created three big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.3 shots and winning 4.9 duels per game.
These returns saw the £5.4k-per-week man earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.03, ranking him as Charlton’s fifth-best performer in the third tier – something that is all the more impressive when considering the fact that Aneke started just 11 of his 38 League One fixtures.
As such, it would very much seem as if the Charlton man would be an excellent addition to Paunovic’s attacking arsenal at the Madejski Stadium, something that could well be required, as one of the club’s brightest stars, Michael Olise, has been heavily linked with a move away from the Royals this summer.
So, it would be highly advisable for the 43-year-old manager to do all he can to convince Aneke of a switch to Reading this summer, or else risk missing out on the man Lee Bowyer dubbed “unplayable” to one of the club’s Championship rivals.