READING FC fans have been reacting to an eventful transfer deadline day that saw three players leave the Madejski Stadium – one for big money.

Leandro Bacuna, 27, secured a move back to the Premier League after signing a four-and-a-half year deal with Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City.

The midfielder, who had more than two years left on his Royals contract, left for a fee in the region of £3m.

He was quickly followed out of the exit door by Marc McNulty and David Meyler.

Out-of-favour striker McNulty returned north off the border to join Hibernian on loan for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent move in the summer.

Midfielder Meyler, meanwhile, went to League One Coventry City on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

However, a number of other potential transfers failed to materialise, despite boss Jose Gomes hinting there were deals on the table.

Mo Barrow, Liam Kelly, Vito Mannone and Yakou Meite were all strongly linked with moves away, but nothing came of them.


But the Chronicle understands Manone's future could be sorted out in the coming days, with a move back to Italy a strong possibility.

Reading also sold Tiago Ilori to Sporting Lisbon for around £2.2m this week as the club raked in more than £5m in transfer fee.

Gomes, however, failed to make another signing of his own yesterday despite links to playmaker Adel Taarabt.

Gomes signed five players on loan in January – Nelson Oliveira (Norwich), Matt Miazga (Chelsea), Ovie Ejaria (Liverpool), Lewis Baker (Chelsea) and Emi Martinez (Arsenal).

Those players to have exited Reading this month are Dave Edwards (Shrewsbury), Pele Clement (Zwolle), Josh Sims (Southampton), Axel Andressson (Viking), Adrian Popa (Ludogorets, loan), Luke Southwood (Eastleigh, loan), Ben House (Swindon, loan), Lewis Ward (Forest Green Rovers, loan) and Darren Sidoel (KSV Roeselare, loan).

USA international striker Andrija Novakovic is also on loan at Dutch outfit Fortuna Sittard for the current season.