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The Russian forward has been the subject of transfer speculation linking him back to his former club, however he insists he remains determined to help Reading avoid relegation

Pavel Pogrebnyak insists he is focused on helping Reading remain in the Premier League despite reports linking him with a return to Zenit St Petersburg.

The 29-year-old striker joined the Royals on a four-year contract last summer after enjoying an impressive loan spell at Fulham, and has scored eight goals in all competitions for the club.
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Reading are currently seven points adrift of safety with 8 games remaining, and reports have speculated that the powerful forward, who has missed the last three games through suspension, will be looking for a move away from the club if they fail to avoid the drop.

However the Russian forward deflected reports linking him with a move back to his former club, and insisted he is concentrating fully on helping Reading remain in the top flight of English football.

Asked about a move to Zenit, Pogrebnyak told Sport-Express: "Nothing. The season is not over, so it would be too soon to talk about the future.

"Now, I focus on helping Reading to get important points in the Premier League."

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