Reading to sign Watford duo

READING boss Brendan Rodgers is planning a double swoop on his old club Watford for Jobi McAnuff and Tommy Smith. (Daily Mirror)The Royals are flush with cash following winger Stephen Hunt's sale to Premier League Hull.

READING boss Brendan Rodgers is planning a double swoop on his old club Watford for Jobi McAnuff and Tommy Smith. (Daily Mirror)

The Royals are flush with cash following winger Stephen Hunt's sale to Premier League Hull.

And Rodgers, who quit Vicarage Road for the Madejski Stadium at the end of last term, is prepared to pay around �2.5million for the pair.

Watford have been informed of Reading's interest as striker Smith, 29, is keen to link up with his former manager.


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McAnuff, 27, is also considering quitting after being offered a new contract at Watford on reduced terms.

And the Hornets are braced for McAnuff's departure after lining up a bid for Barnet winger Albert Adomah.

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Meanwhile, Turkish giants Besiktas are poised to land Reading midfielder Jem Karacan in a surprise �1million swoop.

The Istanbul club, already qualified for the Champions League group stages, have been monitoring the Catford-born midfielder, who has a Turkish father and represented the country at youth and under-21 level, for the past year.

Now Besiktas want the 20-year-old, who made 17 appearances for the Royals last term and started in Saturday's goalless draw with Nottingham Forest, to leave English football and come to his father's homeland after Reading accepted the bid.

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