Reading legend Jem Karacan has revealed that he has had talks in the past regarding a return to the club.

The 34-year-old Academy graduate played over 170 times in eight years with the first-team, going on to play for the likes of Galatasaray, Bolton Wanderers and Millwall.

Now retired and doing some scouting work for the Lions, the former midfielder is based in the North-West and does co-commentary on Royals fixtures for BBC Berkshire.

A passionate supporter of the club, Karacan made it very clear on the 1871 podcast that he would love a return to RG2.

"Anyone that I speak to away from Reading knows that I’m Reading through and through. I wasn’t brought up around Reading, but I moved there at 15-16 and the club has been a massive part of my life," he told the popular podcast hosted by supporters Mark Roach and Johnny Hunt. "I’ve been to a lot of their games this season doing commentary and going to catch up with people. I’d love to work for the club. I’ve spoken to people at the club.

"There has been, I guess, a couple of discussions in terms of potential roles at the club but the club is in a big transitional spell at the moment, and I guess a lot of people don’t know what’s going to happen- the managerial situation is still up in the air. I see myself working for the club at some point in some capacity, whether that’s next season, tomorrow, or a couple of years. I’ve got no doubt I’ll be working for Reading at some point, it’s just the role has to make sense.

"I’m a very ambitious person, if I work for the club, I want to make change, push the club forward and have a voice. That’s how I made it as a footballer, so that’s how I’m going to make it outside of football in whatever role I do. I’d love to be at Reading, everybody around me knows it, so we will see what happens. My phone is always on and hoping for an opportunity, but it has to be right for me and the people coming to me."

Former teammates Mikele Leigertwood and Noel Hunt currently work within the Academy at the club, Hunt famously taking the last five matches of the first-team season following Paul Ince's sacking.