Reading manager Mark Bowen has been quoted by Berkshire Live that Leeds United are interested in signing Royals midfielder Andy Rinomhota – who won last season’s Reading Player of the Year award.
Rinomhota, 22, has starred for Reading over the past couple of seasons. The midfielder plays in a position similar to Kalvin Phillips, renowned for being able to pass the ball both long and short. Going forward, though, he has had little success.
Indeed, the Leeds-born star has scored just one goal in 50 league and cup appearances at Reading. He has a contract at the Madjeski Stadium until the summer of 2022, and it remains to be seen how much he would be worth.
Speaking ahead of Reading’s clash against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, Bowen heaped praise on Rinomhota and also suggested that his form has come in the midst of interest from Leeds United – where the midfielder was born.
“He has come up through our academy and has established himself now with teams like Leeds talking about him,” Bowen said. “But I don’t care about that, it’s what he does for us and hopefully he’s fit and available for selection on Saturday again.”
TBR’s view – Would Rinomhota be a good signing for Leeds?
Certainly, Leeds could do with another midfielder. Injuries to Adam Forshaw, Jamie Shackleton and Tyler Roberts have highlighted a lack of options in the middle of the park this season.
Kalvin Phillips remains the club’s best holding midfielder but he has little first-team quality as cover. So a central midfielder is needed, and surely a Leeds-born player who won a club’s Player of the Season award last term would be a top recruit.