Norwich City transfer rumours: Oliveira training with Reading ahead of pre-season
PUBLISHED: 10:36 21 June 2019 | UPDATED: 10:36 21 June 2019
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Reading fans are getting excited about Nelson Oliveira’s possible return from Norwich City, after the striker was shown to be training with one of the Royals’ fitness coaches on social media.
Rui Santos posted a video on his Instagram account of the Portugal international getting stuck into some weight training, although its unclear if that's at the Berkshire club's facilities or not.
The out-of-favour Canaries striker is not expected to rejoin Daniel Farke's squad following promotion to the Premier League, having spent the second half of last season on loan at Reading.
The 27-year-old scored three goals in 10 games during an injury-affected spell with the Royals and manager Jose Gomes has previously revealed a permanent deal was possible this summer.
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However, news emerged this week that Reading are one of the Championship clubs currently under a 'soft transfer embargo' which has been imposed by the EFL in the interests of financial fair play.
VERDICT: It's understood the Royals need to sell some players before they can buy this summer but it seems Oliveira is more likely to be training in Berkshire than Norfolk during pre-season.
The former Benfica and Nottingham Forest forward scored 20 goals in 70 games for City after being signed for around £5m in 2016 but struggled to find his best form during Farke's first season in charge.
He controversially took off his shirt and waved it in the German's face angrily after coming off the bench to score an equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Fulham on the opening day of 2017-18 and finished up with eight goals from 40 games as Norwich finished in mid-table in the Championship.
He now has just a year left on his lucrative Canaries contract and with the Championship title won in his absence Oliveira is almost certain to leave this summer, the only question is whether that is permanently or on loan?