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Is Reading majority owner Anton Zingarevich selling up?

Reading chairman Sir John Madejski says the club are close to finding new investors, which could lead to majority owner Anton Zingarevich selling up.

“Anton has a great affection for the club but I do not know when he will be back to be honest”

Zingarevich has not been seen at a game since 17 August and formal talks which could lead to a sale have been going on for several weeks with new investors.

"Anton is still the owner of the club as such - per se," Madejski told BBC Radio Berkshire.

"I think every club is always looking for that eventuality [new investment] and we at Reading are no different.

"We are confident about the future and we are looking forward to going into the future at that level - so we are singing off the same hymn sheet.

"We are always looking for potential new investors and that never stops, no matter who the owner of the club is. We are making very good progress with that."

Russian businessman Zingarevich bought 51% of the club in May 2012 and was set to purchase the remaining 49% of shares from Madejski in September but failed to complete the deal.

Madejski admitted he did not know when Zingarevich would return to Reading but said he was not concerned about their future involvement.

"He has a great affection for the club but I do not know when he will be back to be honest," he added.

"I am not concerned about the Zingarevich family. They support Reading and will continue to do so in the future."

The Berkshire businessman also added that funds would be available to the manager Nigel Adkins in January, but said it would be a "combination" of his and Zingarevich's money.

Adkins himself said he was unconcerned about the uncertainty surrounding the future ownership of the club and was fully focused on steering Reading to promotion this season.

"What will transpire will transpire," Adkins told BBC South Today.


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