Reading: Brian McDermott spoke to Nick Blackman before transfer

Nick Blackman
Nick Blackman scored his last goal for Reading against Bristol City on Saturday

Reading manager Brian McDermott says he spoke to Nick Blackman about his best position just 45 minutes before the forward opened talks with Derby.

Blackman completed a move to the Rams on Wednesday on a three-and-a-half year deal for a fee believed to be £2.5m.

The 26-year-old former Sheffield United player's contract at Reading was set to run out in the summer.

"I didn't get an impression he was unsettled in the time I've been here," McDermott told BBC Radio Berkshire.

Blackman scored 13 goals in 28 appearances for the Royals this season, but made the switch to Derby after the two clubs agreed a fee.

"Nick and I had a chat about where best to play him to get the most out of his game," said McDermott. "Derby then came calling and that's where the discussion ended."

McDermott brought Blackman to Reading in January 2013, his last signing in his previous spell as manager.

The former Leeds United manager also pointed out that Blackman was the first to leave the club since his return last month.

"The issue was Nick had only six months left on his contract. He was in demand, people were making offers and a fee was agreed," he said.

"You're always disappointed when you lose someone that scores goals. But the group has always got to be stronger than the individual and that's what I'm focusing on."

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