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Reading eyeing Arshavin bid; Distin wants Everton extension

English Premier League newcomers Reading are reportedly considering a move for out-of-favour Arsenal winger Andrey Arshavin, according to the club’s owner Anton Zingarevich.

Zingarevich controls the club’s finances, rightfully so may I add, and has already revealed that he’s looking to improve Reading’s squad in the January transfer window.

“Arshavin is interesting for Reading,” Zingarevich told Spb.jp.ru.

“But he is one of 10 players that we are interested in.”

Arshavin’s crossing ability would definitely give the Royals’ attack another dimension, especially with Pavel Pogrebnyak, a very good header of the ball, looking to get on the end of his compatriot’s crosses.

Reading have started the 2012-13 Premier League campaign with four draws and four losses from their first eight league fixtures.

In other words, they have not really gotten off to a flying start, like fellow top-flight newcomers West Ham United, who have started their season with an impressive 4-2-3 record, which is good enough for 8th place in the league table.

The Royals — fresh a disastrous defeat at the hands of Arsenal, who came from 4-0 down to beat Brian McDermott’s side in an absolutely thrilling Capital One Cup match at the Madejski Stadium on 30 October — are scheduled to face bottom-of-the-table Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Sunday.

Both sides are win-less in the Premier League thus far. Let’s hope that changes on Sunday, but I’ll surely settle for a 6-6 draw. Fingers crossed.

Distin wants Everton extension

Everton centre-back Sylvain Distin remains hopeful that he can earn a contract extension at Everton, with his current contract set to expire at the end of this season, Sky Sports understands.

Distin, 34, has been a regular in David Moyes’ side since arriving at Goodison Park three years ago, eclipsing the century-mark in appearances for the Liverpool-based club.

“Becoming a free agent next summer? My first choice would be to stay at Everton,” Distin told L’Equipe.

“My second choice is to stay in England at a different club. It is so amazing here.”

It’s hard to imagine the Toffees not offering the former Paris Saint-Germain defender a new contract, but if they decide to go in that direction, Distin would certainly have a bevy of suitors.

He is by all means a “rock at the back” and extremely dangerous in the air during set-piece situations.

Distin has played for eight clubs, including Newcastle United (2001-02), Manchester City (2002-07) and Portsmouth (2007-09), since starting his professional career at Union Sportive Joué-lès-Tours in 1996.

Sat 3 November, 2012
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