Mensah makes Royals claim
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ghana international John Mensah has claimed that Reading are trying to sign him.
Ghana international John Mensah has claimed that Reading have made a bid to Rennes for his services.
The 23-year-old stopper enjoyed an excellent World Cup campaign for the Black Stars, with a series of powerful displays attracting attention from The Premiership.
Reading are eager to add to their ranks as they prepare for life in the top flight for the first time and it is Mensah who is believed to top their wish-list.
Reports have suggested it would take in the region of £4 million for Rennes to allow the player's sale, with Mensah conceding he is weighing up a move to The Royals.
''I am aware of this offer,'' he told the News of the World.
''It's always interesting to be contacted by a Premiership club. We will see.''
Meanwhile, key midfielder Steve Sidwell insists he would like to stay at Reading, despite having held talks with Charlton.
Manchester City are also thought to be monitoring the situation but Sidwell is hoping Reading can match the terms he has been offered to move to The Valley.
''I've spoken to Charlton and they made me an offer,'' he told the Star on Sunday.
''I have told Reading to try and match it because I would prefer to stay.''
Meanwhile, another target of Royals chief Steve Coppell could be Sunderland midfielder Dean Whitehead.
In what was a miserable campaign for Sunderland, Whitehead was their best performer and it has been suggested a £1.2 million bid will be forthcoming.