McDermott rejects Inzaghi link

Reading manager Brian McDermott has played down speculation that he is trying to sign veteran Italian striker Filippo Inzaghi.

Last Updated: 20/07/12 at 13:57 Post Comment

Filippo Inzaghi: Not a target for Brian McDermott

Filippo Inzaghi: Not a target for Brian McDermott

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Reading manager Brian McDermott has dismissed speculation linking the Premier League new boys with a move for former AC Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi.

The 38-year-old left the San Siro at the end of the season after an 11-year spell with the Serie A giants.

Reports had suggested Inzaghi's next move could be to the Madejski Stadium, but McDermott was quick to downplay such talk.

"I know exactly where that has come from," he told the Reading Post.

"I was sat in Tallinn with [director of football] 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'."

McDermott did, though, reveal that veteran midfielder Brynjar Gunnarsson will be offered a new contract.

The 36-year-old is set to sign a new deal with the Royals and is likely to be named in the 25-man Premier League squad.

"He will definitely get something at this football club," McDermott said.

"My gut feeling is that he will be in the 25-man squad too.

"If you look at the numbers, right now we're up to 23.

"Players like Sean Morrison, Jordan Obita and Karl Sheppard don't count among that as they're under 21 - so there is a strong chance Bryn will be in."

One player that could be making a Reading exit is Michail Antonio.

The winger is subject of a reported bid from Sheffield Wednesday, who he spent a loan spell with last season.

"There's been an offer, but we've turned it down," McDermott said.

"I'm not sure how much we have heard since.

"Michail's view is that there are a lot of players in front of him, so he needs to move on for his career.

"That's absolutely fine and I understand that.

"He's training well and working well. We love Michail, so we will see what happens.

"He's in a great environment here working with some really good players and he's always trying to be the best that he possibly can."

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