Poyet is one of a number of managers touted as a possible replacement for Brian McDermott, who was sacked last week. It is understood contact has been made with the 45-year-old Uruguayan, who has experience of working on the staff of a Barclays Premier League club following a spell as Juande Ramos’ assistant at Tottenham. Press Association Poyet has previously been open about his desire to coach in the top flight, although he may elect to resist any approach from Reading with his current side in the npower Championship play-off shake-up. Reading owner Anton Zingarevich is believed to be in England to finalise a new appointment, having shown McDermott the door following a recent home defeat to Aston Villa that left the club mired in the relegation zone. Paolo Di Canio and Nigel Adkins have also been linked with the vacancy, although the latter has no interest as he plots his next move following his departure from Southampton. Whoever Zingarevich opts for, the Royals still have a chance of beating the drop, according to captain Jobi McAnuff. “No one’s giving up,” the midfielder told club website readingfc.co.uk. “We’re got eight massive games left now and it doesn’t matter who we’ve got, we’ll show our pride and see if we can pick some results up. “For us it’s about believing that we’re good enough to be here. We really do believe that – we’re here on merit.” Gus Poyet is the latest name on Reading’s managerial radar, with tentative talks understood to have already taken place with the Brighton boss.
1 Sunderland are closing in on Dynamo Kiev attacker Jeremain Lens.The Black Cats have tracked the pacy winger all summer and they now look to have beaten Turkish giants Besiktas to his signature.The Netherlands international confirmed he is keen on a switch to the Black Cats on Monday and is now set to undergo a medical and to complete the formalities on a £12million deal.“I have never made a secret of the fact that I like the Premier League. Despite Dynamo playing in the Champions League, now it seems like a great opportunity to make the switch,” he said.The move will reunite Lens with Dick Advocaat, the 27-year-old having previously worked under his compatriot during spells at AZ Alkmaar and PSV.He added: “We have previously worked well together at AZ and PSV. We know each other – that’s ideal. It’s not all there yet, but it should be clear that I am really keen on a transfer.”Subject to a successful medical, Lens will become Sunderland’s third signing of the summer as Advocaat continues to reshape a squad that finished just three points above the relegation zone last season.He will join Sebastien Coates and Adam Matthews in moving to the Stadium of Light in the close season. Jeremain Lens