Offers for Wales free agent Robson-Kanu

3 Jul

Hal Robson-Kanu

Hal Robson-Kanu has scored four goals in 34 appearances for Wales

Wales’ unattached striker Hal Robson-Kanu says he has received several offers following his goal in the Euro 2016 quarter-final win over Belgium.

The 27-year-old was released by Reading at the end of the 2015-16 season.

He has shot to prominence after scoring two goals at Euro 2016, including an inspired turn and finish against Belgium which helped Wales reach their first-ever semi-final.

“There’s offers from around the world,” Robson-Kanu told BBC Sport.

Robson-Kanu scored five goals for Reading in 35 appearances last season and has not ruled out a move to the top flight when he returns from international duty.

“I’ve made no secret of my desire to play in the Premier League and if I decide that’s the best place for me then I’ll be there,” he continued.

“Last season I made a decision to run my contract at Reading down. I’ve been there 12 years, given a lot of service and I felt it was the best decision for myself and career to decide where I go next.

“Obviously I’ve been aware of clubs coming in for me in the past, bigger clubs and for whatever reason it didn’t happen so I think it’s probably one of the best decisions of my life.

“It’s funny, I think a lot of people are making a big deal of it. I had offers before the tournament started. Good offers from good, progressive clubs, but I made a decision to wait until after the tournament.”

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Hal Robson-Kanu made over 100 appearances for Reading in nine years with the club

Robson-Kanu’s goal against Belgium was only his fourth in 34 appearances for Wales, but his industrious displays have made him an important figure in attack.

He was an injury doubt for the European Championship – Wales’ first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup – which meant he started the campaign on the bench.

But the former England youth international came on as a substitute to score the winning goal in Wales’ opening game against Slovakia.

Robson-Kanu then started in the defeat by England, lost his place to Sam Vokes for the wins over Russia and Northern Ireland and returned to the starting line-up in spectacular fashion against Belgium.

“That’s the crazy nature of football – it shows how quickly things can turn,” said Wales manager Chris Coleman.

“It could have been very different for Hal, could have missed the tournament, without a contract for next season, and that’s not a good position for a player to be in.

“But he made the tournament, worked extremely hard on his fitness, he comes in and played in huge games before, and showed can play at this level and has a lot to offer.

“I’d imagine there’s a lot of interest and he deserves it. But he knows there’s work to be done here.”


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