18 January 2013

Zambia: Sunzu'll Be Great Asset for Reading - Karacan

HIGHLY rated English Premiership side, Reading FC midfielder, Jem Karacan believes Zambia star defender Stoppila Sunzu will be a great signing for the struggling club.

Karacan, who came through the Reading Youth Club, said Sunzu was a good player and would be a positive contribution to his side which had proved to have the worst defence in the Premiership this season.

The 22-year-old Karacan told the Reading Post that he remembered the 23-year-old Sunzu from the time when as an under-20 midfielder he went to that club for trials in 2007 after the FIFA Youth World Cup in Canada.

"He will be a great acquisition if he does sign. He's trained with us before a few years ago and we remembered who he was straight away. He is a top guy and always has a massive smile on his face," Karacan said.

The Turkish Karacan finished in third spot in the Player-of-the-Season voting in the 2010-11 season and was second in the 2011-12 promotion season at the club despite his campaign being blighted by injury.

Sunzu has been training with Royals this week on a special permission from the Zambia camp currently preparing for the Africa Cup of Nations that starts tomorrow with a view to sealing a permanent transfer in the January window.

Sunzu is expected to rejoin the national team today.

The Reading paper quotes Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president, Kalusha Bwalya saying such opportunities do not come around often in a player's career and that FAZ was happy to let the player take up this chance to move.

"Reading were quite insistent on seeing him so it is a good sign. Ultimately it is advantageous to our team to have players from clubs at the highest level," Kalusha said

If Sunzu joins the Royals, he will become Reading's fourth January addition after the capture of Stephen Kelly from Fulham last Friday for £1.2 million while another of manager Brian McDermott's targets, Tomas Rogic, has completed a trial with Celtic in Spain.

McDermott maintained last week that he was still interested in the 20-year-old attacking midfielder.

But with QPR and Fulham also now taking up an interest, Royals will face a fight to resurrect any deal.

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