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Reading reject Owls Antonio offer

Wednesday have had a bid for former loan star Michail Antonio rejected by Premier League-bound Reading, according to reports.

The Reading Post has reported that the Royals have knocked back an initial offer of 350,000 for the wing wizard, who played a major role in helping Wednesday to automatic promotion to the Championship.

Manager Dave Jones is keen to bring Antonio to Hillsborough on a permanent deal this summer but Wednesday will have to up their bid for the 22-year-old, with the Royals reportedly wanting double the money.

The player is unlikely to get a look-in at the Madejski Stadium next season. He was only a bit-part player for the club in the Championship and Reading's promotion to the Premier League, coupled with the signing of Gareth McClearly, will see him fall further down the pecking order.

It's up to Owls chairman Milan Mandaric to up the offer if Wednesday want to get their man. Antonio scored five goals in 14 appearances for the Owls, one of which came in the crucial 2-0 victory over Wycombe Wanderers on the final day of the season that clinched Wednesday's promotion.

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 25 2012

Time: 11:32AM

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Buisness that's all, there not going to accept that offer Not when he could of been bought for 200k before he went on loan to us.
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25/05/2012 11:53:00

DJ & MM are just testing the water with this one. I'm sure some negotiations will be taking place very soon & they'll have thier man by end of June. UTO
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25/05/2012 12:00:00

Double it and he is ours I think
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25/05/2012 14:28:00

Hope so cos we missed out on Marshall cos of this.
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25/05/2012 15:03:00

the fear is if you want to ***** a football club off make a derogatory offer like we did with Le Fondre fingers crossed though
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25/05/2012 20:32:00

I think we partly missed out on Marshall too because of the division we were in at the time.
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25/05/2012 20:46:00

Don't be stingy Milan, we need the boy signed.
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26/05/2012 12:55:00

if we wanna go somewere this year then we need to get the lad signed get him brought milan !
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26/05/2012 14:23:00

I think 500k would be a fair price for both parties
Kettering OWL 1963
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27/05/2012 23:15:00

We still have to be sensible financially. Had Reading accepted the 350k we would have been saying what a coup. It's just a shame it was made public. We have a number of positions we need to strengthen so no need to go crazy and bid high unnecessarily. I think like Kettering Owl that 500k (with possible add ons) would be enough. The player has said he would like to sign of us so that means something!
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28/05/2012 00:47:00

We have seen Antonio perform well in League one, but he did not get a look-in in the Championship, and with a top team. Is he good enough to cut it at the top of the championship?
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28/05/2012 12:31:00

yes he is good enough. we've had players like whelan who looked good and made the step to the next level, brunt who looked amazing some times and patchy other times who made the step up and became even better. antonio looks as good if not better on the half season of evidence we've had so far
Hirsty's Shinpads
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28/05/2012 12:36:00

If you are right Hirsty (which I hope you are), we should get him signed.
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28/05/2012 18:09:00

He's not coming, relishing the chance at premier league, reports on sky sports
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28/05/2012 20:26:00

Don't listen to skysports check out antonio twitter page, his missis tweeted don't believe everything you read, then Antonio retweeted it UTO
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29/05/2012 16:23:00

well he actually said that he thinks he deserves a chance at a level higher than league 1 and "just needs someone to come in and give him a chance". I dont think he once said that he was looking forward to the premiership. It all looks like very a carefully worded statement from Antonio coupled by some media spinning.
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29/05/2012 18:15:00

See Huddersfield have released Roberts. Would be a good signing for me, the boy can cross a ball!!
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29/05/2012 21:53:00


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