Reading full back having Millwall medical ahead of move

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SHAUN Cummings is having a medical at Millwall today.

The right back from Reading is poised to become the Lions' fourth signing of the January transfer window after agreeing terms on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

Cummings is currently at Millwall's training ground and the club hope to complete the transfer later on Monday.

The 25-year-old, who has represented Jamaica at international level, was the Royals' first-choice right back when they won the Championship in 2012.

But after the Royals were promoted to the Premier League, they splashed £2.5m on Welshman Chris Gunter and Cummings' opportunities since then have been limited.

The former Chelsea trainee has been highly recommended to Ian Holloway by first team coach Nigel Gibbs, who was Reading's assistant during their title triumph.

Cummings featured six times for Reading during the first month of this season before a knee injury sidelined him for over two months.

But he's been back in training since mid-November and has been a regular on the bench in recent weeks, playing in a 2-2 draw with Brighton on Boxing Day.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

44 thoughts on “Reading full back having Millwall medical ahead of move

  • January 12, 2015 at 10:43
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    Good news at last.....this weekend seemed to drag on forever.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 10:51
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    Perhaps we can play him in midfield. I mean we haven't got enough midfielders at the moment !!

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  • January 12, 2015 at 10:52
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    Any news on a replacement for Dunne?

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      • January 12, 2015 at 11:18
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        @NICKOLA: can we replace Forde while we at with a bag of wet sand freshly collected from Blackpool beach, a memento and a solution to our goalkeeping woes

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      • January 12, 2015 at 11:49
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        @NICKOLA:
        F**k me...that made me laugh.....
        After a weekend of gloom on this bored, that was very funny to read.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 10:55
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    This is really good news after the weekend we have had,But like paris cowan hall will shaun train one day and out injured the next,Right next a decent keeper and a younger player who knows where the goal is please

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    • January 12, 2015 at 11:06
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      @colin66: Colin my thoughts exactly! Don't let him near our training ground.

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          • January 12, 2015 at 14:09
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            @Barnlion: No I think that is where the medical is taking place, ffs don't let him near the pitch!

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  • January 12, 2015 at 11:11
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    The training ground curse is on the way.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 11:12
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    Ive heard good things about this lad so im confident he wont be Hoyte part 2.

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    • January 12, 2015 at 11:28
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      @the verminhater: When we took Hoyte the Boro fans were laughing their heads off on their site but all the Reading fans seem sorry to lose Cummings. So fingers crossed.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 11:16
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    does tjat mean wilko going back to stoke?

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  • January 12, 2015 at 11:27
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    He's not injured? That's his Medical failed then

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  • January 12, 2015 at 11:43
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    good signing 2and half year deal should get at least a couple of games in

    bad jokes aside GOOD SIGNING

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  • January 12, 2015 at 11:52
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    Got to be honest im surprised he wanted to come I hope its not a step up in quality for the lad and he can fit straight in to our solid back four .

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    • January 13, 2015 at 03:29
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      @mfc2u: have to hope the others don't drag him down to their level.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 11:52
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    We need to get off the backs of the players people there confidence is low enought, bit of encouragement wouldn't go a miss, put yourself out there on that pitch it must slaughter a team 4 thousand people slagging the hell out of em and screaming abuse if they make a mistake, sorry I don't get it, we all pay our hard earned cash we all want results, but can't see this doing our wall any good support our club don't help smash it, I can understand why we can't get anyone down here to play for us, please support is what we need let's change it together all of us.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 12:01
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    There's been a lot of criticism of team selection but to fair how do you pick the right team when they keep losing and the players' confidence has fallen off a cliff? IMHO IH has taken the right step in realising we need new players now who are uninfected by the negativity and are in form. He should also play only those players who can take the pressure. Fuller obviously can't and Malone didn't either (so good riddance to him).
    This is the team I would put out tomorrow based on the above and who we have got available(Hopefully Cummings signs today):
    Bywater (I would prefer IH to get in another keeper as Jackett had to a couple of seasons back)
    Cummings Shittu Nelson Harding ( abit worried about lack of experience and pace here - need another CB ASAP)
    Martin Upson Powell Woolford
    Gregory Maierhoffer
    To my mind you have to play two forwards in a 4-4-2 because we are just not scoring enough. Also, if Cowan-Hall was fit he would be in there for me instead of Woolford and I would have Williams in the middle if he wasn't suspended (for either of the other two). If it was 4-3-3 I would have McDonald in there instead of Gregory as he is more combative

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    • January 12, 2015 at 12:50
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      @junkmale
      You say in your first comment about criticism of team selection and how do we go about picking the right team ,when they keep losing,then you answer you own question at the end of your post by saying we should go 442. This is the problem its not the player's fault in losing confidence and the fan's then get on their back's ,it is IH who has to realise we are not real madrid we are millwall and our player's are not capable of playing the real madrid ,barca or arsenal way ,so why dont he cut his cloth accordingly and play a way that suit's our player's and MIllwall football club.
      442 and plenty of commitment as with the ipswich game last year when we won 1-0,i knwow we did not play442 but the commitment was fantastic.

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      • January 12, 2015 at 12:59
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        @jim1222: I cannot believe Holloway is still here. If you look back at the last 6 months it's impossible to see a manager make more mistakes than this clown. How many times has he kept the same team, even after we play reasonably well? How many times does he change formation? How many times have we seen a promising youngster only to wonder where they've gone next week? Why do we not have decent cover for Forde who has clearly lost it? I can't believe Berylson is giving the idiot carte blanche to keep bringing these crap journeymen players on board ahead of our promising youngsters. I saw my first match in the early 60s and this is the most depressed I've been about a manager. You may have been a reasonable manger a few years back Mr Holloway but now you're embarassing, please go and take Bircham with you.

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        • January 12, 2015 at 13:33
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          @tribute to cripps: Sums it up perfectly.It is a joke he is still in charge.
          As I said somewhere else it was a new LOW Saturday after all the other lows.
          HE HAS MADE US A LAUGHING STOCK.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 12:48
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    @junkmail: I'm not keen on a team that has no ball winner in it somewhere, to put pressure on opponents ,and I don't see one in your line up, also FORD on a bad day is still better than BYWATER ,

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    • January 12, 2015 at 13:11
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      @bordersarebest0170: Yeah, maybe Jimmy in there to win the ball but in a 4-4-2 he isn't a very creative player, which was my thinking (you're probably right though). Disagree with you about Forde at the moment. He has lost it big time. I think IH needs to get in another keeper like we did with Maik Taylor a couple of years back when Forde had a similar meltdown. Then get rid of Forde in the summer and get someone else.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 13:13
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    @crippsy: not sure I agree with all you say there but I certainly with you regarding the keeper situation. We used to have WILLY GEREUET as cover for FORD, who wasn't bad, we'v had crap cover since,and no mention from holloway that we even need one, unless the guy we actually have as cover is very good,does anyone know,has anyone seen him?

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      • January 12, 2015 at 14:14
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        @glyngo: in any case fordey is one of the players that have a contract.so cant see him going anywhere..plus there could be a good reason why forde is of his game..having a different defence in front of him week in week out cant do any keeper much good..forde has his silly spells lets hope hes back now saving us again from not going down

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        • January 12, 2015 at 15:13
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          @Jim28: Yeah and to be honest Jim I think Forde is our best keeper even in current form. He seems to have these dips and then rides them out, just seems to be his way. I must say that he has made some real blunders recently, Norwich and Blackpool are still fresh in my memory, so he can't be feeling very confident at the moment and a settled back 4 would only help him.

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          • January 12, 2015 at 15:27
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            @glyngo: Problem is we can't afford to wait for Forde to recover his form. We need another Maik Taylor in there now to give the back four some confidence

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  • January 12, 2015 at 13:20
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    Not sure can be asking for Cowan Hall when none of us have seen him kick a ball.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 14:25
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    Watched his goal..why was he on the wrong side of the pitch..

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  • January 12, 2015 at 14:32
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    If Forde gets dropped and Bywater takes his place, the crowd will be on his back from the first minute (West Ham connection and Lomas's first signing)....so how can Forde be dropped ???
    Over the years I have noticed that when a team is in a position where relegation is almost guaranteed, then they play with more freedom and attack more rather than sit back and defend...
    IMHO we should now be considering playing a more progressive game, two up front (Gregory and The Hoff) with Maggie just behind them 4-3-1-2.

    We need more aggression in midfield, and the first pass that midfielders and defenders should be looking for is a forward pass. I have never been a fan of the tiki-taka that Barcelona played which suited them at a particular moment in time (when they had the right players to play this way)..much prefer the way that the Germans play (dynamic, get forward fast etc etc).
    You need a particular type of player, to play the passing game that IH said that he wanted, and unfortunately we do not have players that possess the qualities needed (good first touch, vision, non stop running to name a few), so we have to tailor our game to what we have...get the ball up to a big man...QUICKLY...and wait for the knock downs for Greggs and Maggie.....we can either go down the middle to The Hoff or use the new winger/full backs to supply...we are not good enough to play the ball around midfield waiting for an opening
    Need a settled Centre Back duo, Beevers and Nelson for me..(Dunne has been a good servant, but is a liability at CB) with Webster providing cover for injuries.

    Football is a simple game that is so over complicated by managers.....
    Heard Sean Dyche at the weekend talking about the positives from having a settled team....Chelsea and Man City do not chop and change....seems to be a fashionable way to manage a squad nowadays....fashionable but not the best way

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    • January 12, 2015 at 15:06
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      @eio: I agree, why not just keep Gregory in the side? he will get better and better, Dyche is doing a remarkable job and I'll now be surprised if they are relegated. A settled team will pay off in the end, I can only imagine the players thoughts when Holloway announces his "team of the week".....laughable

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  • January 12, 2015 at 14:42
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    Good to see that a few more people are waking up to the fact that Forde is our ONLY option in goal at the moment despite his dip in confidence and form. That's not his fault, it's Holloways.

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    • January 12, 2015 at 15:31
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      @lion.ie: Maybe, but there is the loan market and if I was them I would even consider buying. I believe Bywater's contract is up in the summer and even if they keep Forde he is getting towards backup keeper age anyway, so why not invest in the future?

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      • January 12, 2015 at 20:20
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        @junkmale: That's what I've been saying. People can s*** Forde all they like but until we have a better option......and for those who think that an international is judged by who he plays for rather than his performances against international opposition, look up the recent 1-1 draw with Germany. Put a half decent defence in front of Forde, stop the chopping and changing and I'm convinced he'll be back to the half decent goalkeeper that he is very quickly.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 15:10
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    I wouldn't disagree that keep changing defenders would hinder any keeper but come on , an international keeper should be throwing his cap on that header on Saturday ,he was even over that side and seem to just watch it .

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  • January 12, 2015 at 17:43
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    Any news on some new centre backs ffs

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