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Reading manager Brian McDermott admits admiration for Norwich City full-back Steven Whittaker

13:51 29 January 2016

Steven Whittaker of Norwich and Jeff Schlupp of Leicester City ]in action during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich
 in October, which the Foxes won 2-1. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Steven Whittaker of Norwich and Jeff Schlupp of Leicester City ]in action during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich in October, which the Foxes won 2-1. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Speculation linking out-of-favour Norwich City full-back Steven Whiitaker with Championship side Reading looks set to increase after Royals boss Brian McDermott admitted his admiration for the Scotland international.

The 31-year-old was a regular as City were promoted via the Championship play-offs last season but has not featured in the Premier League since the Canaries were beaten 6-2 at Newcastle in mid-October.

With Portuguese right-back Ivo Pinto arriving from Dinamo Kiev for around £2.2million this month and Norwich boss Alex Neil also having the options of captain Russell Martin and Liverpool loanee Andre Wisdom, Whittaker has been strongly linked with a move during the transfer window.

The experienced defender moved to Norfolk in the summer of 2012, on a free transfer after leaving Scottish giants Rangers due to their financial meltdown.

He has since made 91 appearances for the Canaries, scoring six goals, including in the 3-1 win at Sunderland in the top flight earlier this season.

Whittaker has not featured at all since coming on as a substitute during extra-time at Everton in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup at the end of October however, scoring in a 4-3 penalty shoot-out defeat.

“I know Steven well and he’s a good player, but he’s a Norwich player,” Reading boss McDermott told Get Reading.

“If we could get two really good right-backs, along with the two really good left-backs we have and strikers who score then all of a sudden you’ve got something going.

“That’s what we’re trying to do. We have to try and get something going for the short-term and the long-term.”

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13 comments

  • I have no idea what you are on about Mr Mad Brewer? What has a Monday debate got to with me? I've only registered on here recently, although have watched from a distance. Please can we just get along from the start off? I thought this was a football forum for fellow Norwich fans

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    Comrade Smoultty

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • Nice one Sherbert. Thats how to get rid of lemons.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • G_F_U - that was not me on the debate! One of "my" comments was actually a recent one of el dingo's and the other was one of mine, taken out of context with a chunk missing. Mischief afoot at Archant Towers. Ask Comrade Smoultter (anagram).

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • A Fine City there is nothing wrong with Captain Sensible or the The Damned come to that.

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    rikki nadir

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Lazy journalism again. Ivo Pinto was signed from Dinamo Zagreb, not Dynamo Kiev and we are supposed to believe your rumours and fabrications? Also, some actual knowledge of the game itself would be fairly handy from the writers at ECN. I feel between them and the Radio Norfolk commentators, there is a distinct lack of "having played the game" at any level, thus leading to stupid, naive opinions.

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    AJ07.

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • You've gotta have a laugh when the chips are down. I was shocked the other day when I saw you Brewer taking part in the erstwhile Norwich Debate on a casual Monday afternoon. I'm a regular, I love the razz matazz of (not so) instant responses from the Motley Journo Crue. I then thought, "sh!t if Brewer's commenting, then the proverbial really has hit the fan." Honestly, I cannot be dealing with another relegation. So in that sense the board better pay attention to my advice I regularly contribute to these forums. ;)

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    Go_Fleck_Urself

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Look Brian Old Boy, don't stand out there in the cold looking through the shop window. Come on in. Have a look around and see if you can see a right back you fancy. Scottish right backs are very in this season; all the best clubs have got one and some of the, shall we say, more discerning clubs actually have two. You want two? Good decision Sir, I'll get them gift wrapped for you. I'm afraid we can't give a guarantee on secondhand goods but these do come with a glowing reference from Gordon Strachan. Who? Well he's a kind of international manager. You may well never have heard of him but he used to be quite popular some time ago. Was once thought of as a bit of a wit in interviews. Anything else we can do you for? Good bye Brian and good luck.

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    waclor

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Be careful, G_F_U, olé buddy. Satire, irony, whimsy and humour, in general, are not always received as delivered. If I'm reading this right, the Reading manager has a Mc in his monicker... All good, then. Bambi has always looked an accident-in-waiting. He has scored a few good goals, and his miscued shot\cross gifted Wolfswinkel his only Premiership goal vs Everton. Similar miscues in defence were similarly productive for the opposition. And more frequent.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • To be fair, I only wrote what I did to raise a few laughs in an otherwise frosty climate. I think he was stalwart in the championship and his link up play with Redmond in the Wembley final was sublime. It's a shame he's probably just not good enough for the PL and that sending off at S'Hampton was just plain silly.

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    Go_Fleck_Urself

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • I feel this is one story where there will be a consensus on this forum...we wish you luck with your new club SW!

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    Irish canary

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Take him! For the love of football have him! In fact I'll drive him myself with Martin navigating. And once I'm there I'll kick Martin out and lock the doors of my sensibly priced Seat Ibiza.

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    Go_Fleck_Urself

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • I like the cut of your jib Sherbert. Both could compete for the bench at Reading. I cringe every time I see RM and Captain in the same breath. I associate he with with Captain Calamity, Birdseye or Sensible.

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    A fine city

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Perhaps City can do a BOGOF and Martin can go with him.

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    Sherbert

    Friday, January 29, 2016

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