Royals rule out swoop for Italian veteran
Reading boss Brian McDermott has dismissed speculation linking the Premier League new boys with a move for veteran Filippo Inzaghi.
The 38-year-old former Italy striker is available on a free transfer after leaving AC Milan at the end of last season after an 11-year stay at the San Siro.
It's thought Inzaghi would like to play in England before he retires and reports had emerged suggesting that the Royals were prepared to give him the chance to do that at the Madejski Stadium.
However, McDermott is adamant that talk of Reading offering him £20,000-a-week contract to come play for them is wide of the mark.
He told the Reading Post: "I know exactly where that has come from... I was sat in Tallinn with Nick Hammond and one of our scouts (last week).
"We were introduced to an Italian agent and we said hello. We started talking about numerous players and he said, 'I can get you Inzaghi.'
"I said, 'Okay, that's good, he's old isn't he?'
"I told him that we wouldn't be going down that road and I was happy with the players that I have and we carried on talking.
"That translated as, 'we've offered him a contract worth about £960,000'."
Watford have also been linked with a move for the forward in the wake of the Italian takeover at Vicarage Road, and the appointment of Gianfranco Zola as manager.
However, it's understood Inzaghi's former club Atalanta are leading the way for his signature.