Millwall make enquiry for Reading right back Cummings

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MILLWALL are chasing Reading right back Shaun Cummings as Ian Holloway looks to bolster his defence during the January transfer window.

Cummings, 25, is on the fringes at the Madejski Stadium and it is understood new Royals boss Steve Clarke would be prepared to let him go at the right price.

The former Chelsea trainee has played in the Premier League for the Berkshire side but is currently behind Welsh international Chris Gunter in the pecking order.

Cummings is one of several enquiries Holloway has followed up in recent days and talks are ongoing with Reading over a fee.

But a possible loan swoop for left-sided centre back Ignasi Miquel, 22, has fallen by the wayside after a change of manager at Norwich City.

Meanwhile, talks were continuing yesterday with Charlton striker Simon Church after a loan deal until the end of the season was agreed between the two clubs.

Holloway spoke to Church on Wednesday morning about moving to The Den.

The Lions are also pressing for an answer after tabling a formal offer to Stefan Maierhofer.

The Austrian played a key role in the club's Championship survival last year but is also understood to be considering moves to the Middle East and Australia.

NewsAtDen understands that Holloway is ready to sign both Church and Maierhofer if negotiations with the duo reach successful conclusions.

Saturday's opponents Blackpool are keen on midfielder Richard Chaplow.

Alex Aldridge

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69 thoughts on “Millwall make enquiry for Reading right back Cummings

  • January 8, 2015 at 08:51
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    After Saturday let Blackpool have Chaplow,Church and Maierhofer not to sure about but if we get them till the end of the season and they help to keep us up then all good.Shaun Cummings not heard much about him mind you he is only 25 and not in the over 30s club so might do the job for us

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    • January 8, 2015 at 09:09
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      @colin66:

      Very fast and has played at right back, left back and right wing for Reading, if we get him would be a massive step forward.

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  • January 8, 2015 at 09:01
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    All of a sudden we're buying from teams in the same division, funny that .

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  • January 8, 2015 at 09:04
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    The Hoffs brace at Boro last year went a big way to helping us stay up,but you have to question his attitude after blowing us out in the summer.We need a striker more prolific than Church,and as for Chaplow? Please let Blackpool sign him in time for Saturday.At least we'd know we will win the midfield battle then!

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  • January 8, 2015 at 09:06
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    Forgot to add, Cummings is 6 foot,only 25 and has plenty of pace.Could be a decent signing.Pleased IH is looking for a CB too.

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  • January 8, 2015 at 09:17
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    I dunno if IH looking for a CB is a good thing. We have nelson and goodman looks very promising. Hope this does not mean he is gonna hold back the youngsters again. Like Powell and Fred

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    • January 8, 2015 at 10:07
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      @rob hearn: I think it may be too soon in their development for both Nelson and Goodman to play together this year, but I do hope they get the chance next season.

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  • January 8, 2015 at 09:17
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    Cummings could be a good signing for us and at a decent age.
    Church and the hoff ???????????????
    Thought we could've gone for young pacey on the way up CFs my mind boggles sometimes.
    Shame about ignassi though another at the right age and good to see that ollie's trying to address the dodgy defence we have.
    Onwards and upwards.
    COYLs

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    • January 8, 2015 at 09:31
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      @lukesmithmfc: won't lose any sleep on chappers. He ain't a bad player but just not right for us and that's another of the 24 off the books.
      Left sided CB ? Does that mean beevers is going to Rotherham? Or ollie don't fancy him any more and looking for better to partner young Nelson? we can all dream I spose

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  • January 8, 2015 at 09:23
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    Definitely the type of player we should be looking at, happy with that. But if Church and Hoff is the clubs vision of solving our striker drought then to say "they went for the cheap option" is the understatement of the year. But in saying that though they will probably be both loans until the end of the season and if they can both contribute goals to helping us survive in the league this season then I've got no complaint's. Being at the wrong end of the table I guess, means we don't have any pull on getting young quality pacey strikers they we were so hoping for. Hopefully in the close season it will be different

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  • January 8, 2015 at 09:32
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    Sorry but church is just as poor as the other strikers ratios,Ollie your on borrowed time

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  • January 8, 2015 at 09:47
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    The reading player on the face of it would be a good investment..but as for the other clowns mentioned rubbish pure and simple...i for one would not give a fella struggle a life line..cos you know if chappy goes to blackpool he'll start playing good.(sods law)

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  • January 8, 2015 at 09:55
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    Cummings sounds good. Also good to hear IH is after a centre back. While I think Sid and Goodman may be the future, they are not ready for this season. Next season I expect Shittu and probably Webster (sold), Dunne (released) and even Beevers (sold) will be gone, so even if the youngsters are ready we would need another centre back or two. Not sure about Church etc., but the Hoff did OK for us last season: good touch for a big player and works his nuts off, which is exactly what is required.

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  • January 8, 2015 at 10:01
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    Church and Hoff ????
    If we cannot find better than them,we are in big big trouble.
    Ollie did anyone tell you we are after a GOALSCORER.

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  • January 8, 2015 at 10:17
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    IH looking at another centre back does this mean as some rumour sites are saying beevers going Rotherham .. Cummings would be a good signing IMO better then what we have at moment mainly Dunne and Robinson the later is our type of player but does not get forward enough .. Could it be Cummings with siafa as back up .. Still not overly happy with the forward search and who we are offering to take on loan at present hof mugged us off and church scoring record ain't great ..

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    • January 8, 2015 at 10:27
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      @Block41: Let's face it, getting a goal scorer is going to be tough. If they are scoring for the clubs they are at they won't be released. A leap of faith in potential is often what is required if you can't stump up big money

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      • January 8, 2015 at 10:49
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        @junkmale: I get what your saying but surely a hungry young prem fringe player would be better then a tried player who ain't done nothing at this level .. I for one hope if church does come proves me wrong .. But we shall see

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        • January 8, 2015 at 11:33
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          @Block41: To be honest, I agree, but that's still a leap of faith. Honestly, I think the best striker we have on the books at teh moment is Easter and he should be given a run if we can't get anyone in who is better

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          • January 8, 2015 at 17:10
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            @junkmale: Easters gone, or at least free to join another club as of Thursday. Is it just me or are we becoming allergic to decent strikers, in the main.? I'm sure JB is aware of the urgency as we were here this time last year- we just can't get Marquis or O'Brien up to the mark and push them in the deep end- can we?

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  • January 8, 2015 at 10:30
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    Cummings would be a good signing & chaplow leaving would free up some money to get a decent striker in. Don't think church is any better than greggs fuller & obrien while we know what we're getting with the hoff. Plus we must get rid of hoyte.

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  • January 8, 2015 at 10:34
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    Why are we not going to Fulham about buying Matt Smith again? Church is likely to be a waste of time - wouldn't mind Hoff back in as we know what we're getting. Personally I think Greggs could be prolific but he needs service - we have very little creativity this season!

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  • January 8, 2015 at 10:40
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    Cummings is decent but yet another player linked with multiple times previously. Makes you wonder if our scouts actually do anything at all. Oh we need a right back and couple strikers so let's go try get Cummings church and hof again. Our clubs a shambles.
    Hof is useless. Poor in the air, slow and just an awful footballer. Worse than everything we have already. Church is a second striker not a first choice. Hoping holloways planning to go 2 up top and play gregory with him, gregory is our goalscorer, natural finisher and given chances will score regularly. At a better team would easily get 20+ a season imo. Please tho no hof, he made his bed in the summer.

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  • January 8, 2015 at 10:42
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    Cummings is decent but yet another player linked with multiple times previously. Makes you wonder if our scouts actually do anything at all. Oh we need a right back and couple strikers so let's go try get Cummings church and hof again. Our clubs a shambles.
    Hof is useless. Poor in the air, slow and just an awful footballer. Worse than everything we have already. Church is a second striker not a goalscorer. His job (hopefully) is to take some pressure off gregory and create space for him. Hoping holloways planning to go 2 up top and play gregory with him, gregory is our goalscorer, natural finisher and given chances will score regularly. At a better team would easily get 20+ a season imo. Please tho no hof, he made his bed in the summer.

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  • January 8, 2015 at 10:42
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    Cummings is decent but yet another player linked with multiple times previously. Makes you wonder if our scouts actually do anything at all. Oh we need a right back and couple strikers so let's go try get Cummings church and hof again. Our clubs a shambles.
    Hof is useless. Poor in the air, slow and just an awful footballer. Worse than everything we have already. Church is a second striker not a goalscorer. His job (hopefully) is to take some pressure off gregory and create space for him. Hoping holloways planning to go 2 up top and play gregory with him, gregory is our goalscorer, natural finisher and given chances will score regularly. At a better team would easily get 20+ a season imo.
    Please tho no hof, he made his bed in the summer.

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    • January 8, 2015 at 10:46
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      @cos_mfc: on that subject, let's not forget that both the Hoff and church have turned us down in the past , now suddenly no one wants them so they reconsider coming here .

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      • January 8, 2015 at 10:52
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        @southstandview: You get the feeling that they are the chairmen of their own fan clubs, don't you. Both need to realise that there ain't queue of clubs waiting to sign them, and be grateful for the chance on offer,

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  • January 8, 2015 at 10:44
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    Sorry about reposts said failed to publish

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  • January 8, 2015 at 10:50
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    Church has potential, but his decision to turn us down before and then to procrastinate over a loan deal where he is likely to get games rather than warm the bench, doesn't fill me with confidence. We are looking for a short term solution, so the Hoff would do for me, if Church fails to see sense and commit,

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  • January 8, 2015 at 10:55
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    Chaplow hasn't had much luck since coming to us, a move would suit him well but Blackpool are a car crash at the moment. At least he would get games though, and a chance to show other clubs what he can do.

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  • January 8, 2015 at 10:59
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    With regards to the Hoff, we seem to have gone back to a long ball forward to Fuller, and Fuller is not a target man and does not win the ball the majority of the time. At his feet in the box he is a really good striker as is, in my opinion Gregory who seems to be in the right spot more often than not. I think the Hoff can give us two things first a real target man, and secondly a focus for the other team who dare not leave him unmarked. He was OK laying balls off but, I think, more importantly it could open up space for the guys who want balls to feet. He will be a different option, but I do wish we could get back to the type of football we were playing at the start of the season but I guess at the moment it is all about the result.

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  • January 8, 2015 at 11:03
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    I do worry about sending Chaplow to a relegation rival,it hasn't worked out for him here but he has been a success everywhere else.Fulham wouldn't play ball over Smith because we were direct rivals and maybe we should do the same regarding this one.I fear it could be another economic decision that could end up costing more in the long run.

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    • January 8, 2015 at 12:54
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      So what if Church wasn't doing it at Charlton. Was Carlos doing it at Ipswich? Players don't always fit in at clubs. Look at the players we've let go who have gone on to play well for other clubs

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  • January 8, 2015 at 11:14
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    I cannot understand some poster's on NAD they knock the hof they knocked garven last year ,but these two player's along with Edward's and Wooly,played the major part in keeping us up last year ,i agree hof may not be the greatest striker in the world ,but he is not useless like some on here say,i have said before two game's justified hof's signing middboro two goal's and bournmouth,where he made space for wooly
    to nip in and head the winner,6pts that went a very long way to keeping us up,none of the knocker's have not answered that ,and there were other times he made space to benifit other player's ,Martin's goal being one of them.All you knocker's of hof keep on about signing player's who we aint got a cat in hell's chance of getting at the den,so get real understand that we are in money terms a small club and we are limited to the quality of player we can sign.and bearing that in mind HOF is not a bad buy.
    As for him thinking he could get a better deal at another club last year, so what as long as a player gives his all when selected and earn's his wage's i dont give a monkey.
    and no one can say he did not give his all for us,he had not played a game for 10 month's when he came to us but ran his heart out every game,a lot more than the half fit wage snatcher's we had on our book's at the time.
    So all you pie in the sky dreamer's get real and understand all the aspect's of football ,not just dreaming of signing player's we cannot afford.
    better still let's all give JB £50 = 1/2 million then we can go out and buy the striker you want. im up for it
    Get real wake up and smell the coffee FFS.

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    • January 8, 2015 at 11:24
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      @jim1222: Very well said!! I perosnally Rate the Hoff and have just had word that the deal has been agreed for his return and should have an announcement this afternoon!

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      • January 8, 2015 at 11:43
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        If true i will welcome hof back with open arm's,he will be perfect for gregory.
        But all you knocker's will have the chance to s*** him off,if things dont go right for him
        I hope he comes back and ram's the knocker's word's back down their throat's.
        Also i would go as far to say if IH had taken him back when he had the chance at the start of the season we would be higher up the league.
        IH said he did not want him at the time because he tried for another move else where,well hof did not owe us anything and played his part in keeping us up.
        Funny thing is matt smith knocked us back twice yet ollie and other,s on NAD want to sign him ,a bit contradictory dont you think.

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        • January 8, 2015 at 11:52
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          @jim1222: Yeah its not nice when a player knocks your club back but at the end of the day if I was offered a better paid contract elsewhere and my employers couldn't compete I'd be on my toes!! Don't see why so many hold a grudge about it - shows he's ambitious!!

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        • January 8, 2015 at 12:08
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          @glyngo: Apparnetly not mate.... IH wants them both if possible

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  • January 8, 2015 at 11:23
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    What we need is someone who will take shots at the goal and someone with pace , hallway should get the hoff but at a decent price

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  • January 8, 2015 at 11:27
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    Dunne is currently on his way to reading to give this geeza an injury.

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    • January 8, 2015 at 11:44
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      @benzo
      Trouble is benzo he is on the M! not the M4

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  • January 8, 2015 at 11:35
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    Anyone that honestly thinks the hoff is a better option than a younger better player in church isnt worth wasting time on

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    • January 8, 2015 at 11:48
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      @cos mfc
      So what has chuech done,come cos tell us.we know what hof has done and can do.yyou dont think much of him all i can say is open your eyes and try to understand what football is all about.

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      • January 8, 2015 at 13:16
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        @jim1222: just because he doesn't score goals doesn't make him a bad player. Imo I think is similar kind of mood to the morison we had the first time round. Can score goals but never prolific but his work rate and strength and pace would be an asset to have in the team. By any means he isn't great not at all but he is better than anything we have except gregory.
        The hof was laughable last season fans have short memories. Yes he scored a couple goals but he is awful. I do understand how football works, I think it's quite vital as a 6ft7 target man that you can read the trajectory of the ball in the air to actually be in position to win headers. For a big man he was beaten in the air more than fuller or gregory would be. It's all about opinions and clearly ours are different. I've seen a lot more in church than I've ever seen in hof. It's not all about stats which by the way hofs aren't the best.

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        • January 8, 2015 at 18:39
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          @cos_mfc:
          Great, so another striker who doesn't score goals. Read what you said, back to yourself and hopefully you will see how floored your argument is after the very first line!

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    • January 8, 2015 at 11:54
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      @cos_mfc: really?! Church is the one who isnt worth wasting time on! He can't get near Charltons starting 11!

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      • January 8, 2015 at 13:18
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        @TheBermondseyBomber: that might be down to vetokele. Doesn't make him a bad player when they have a better strikeforce than us!!
        I don't understand the reaction to church?! Why are people so against him?! Seems like our fans just copy the majority of views.

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        • January 8, 2015 at 18:42
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          @cos_mfc:
          We are meant to be bettering ourselves. We've just got rid of 2 strikers who can't score (marquis and Easter) so what's the point in signing the same sort of play as those. I can run about a lot and be physical and I play up front, but I doubt I could smash in 15 goals at championship level. We need someone who can! If you want a player that Gregory can play off, hoff is your man not church.

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    • January 9, 2015 at 15:22
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      @cos_mfc: great a younger striker who doesn't score goals.

      Church up front with Marquis your dream partnership?

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  • January 8, 2015 at 11:43
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    The HOF is coming deal agreed, Personally im happy with this im convinced his presence will be an asset for greggors and gives us another dimention,

    now lets go get Cummings,,,

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    • January 8, 2015 at 12:19
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      @MIGHTY
      Thats the attitude we want positive,not all this doom and gloom like some others on NAD.

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  • January 8, 2015 at 13:25
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    I think the hoff can do a job for us as long as we keep.him in the centre and get the balls into him, give him a good run stop chopping and changing the squad and we will gel and start picking up the wins and.mive quickly up the table which will start Saturday.....coyl

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  • January 8, 2015 at 13:57
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    Could be a very good move especially if the new lad Paris can start putting in decent crosses. On that point did anybody else think that the Crosses AFC Wimbledon were putting in against Liverpool were really good quality.

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  • January 8, 2015 at 14:07
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    as for cummings he hasn't got to do that well to be better than we have - we have to balance the books somehow

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/30726651

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  • January 8, 2015 at 14:54
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    Fuc@ing church n the hoff!! They can both fuc@ right off..the hoff may well no the club n he may well bring abit of presence in the air but he defo aint bringing any fuc@ing goals!! Church,i really cant b bothered to go into it..now im not expecting million pound singings or any kind of 'class' player to come to us but im expecting alot fuc@ing better than these pair of wasters

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  • January 8, 2015 at 14:57
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    Fuc@ing church n the hoff!! They can both fuc@ right off..the hoff may well know the club n he may well bring abit of presence in the air but he defo aint bringing any fuc@ing goals!! Church,i really cant b bothered to go into it..now im not expecting million pound singings or any kind of 'class' player to come to us but im expecting alot fuc@ing better than these pair of wasters

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    • January 9, 2015 at 15:27
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      @LionforLife: so who falls into the category of not a class player or million pound signing but better than the hof or church?

      Sub JB £500k and you might get your wish

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  • January 8, 2015 at 16:00
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    Loan chaplow to our relegation rivals that's about right

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