Reading legend Dave Kitson believes supporters should not expect an immediate 'bounce effect' from any potential incoming owner and has targeted Bearwood and the SCL Stadium as areas where the club needs improving.

Kitson, the Reading Chronicle columnist who scored more than half a century of goals for the club between 2003 and 2009, was speaking to BBC Radio Berkshire about the future of the club.

BBC Berkshire's Tim Dellor has suggested that former Wycombe Wanderers chief Rob Couhig is close to acquiring the club.

Posing to the former striker that the club could experience a bounce after being taken over, Kitson was less than convinced.

"I’d guard against a bounce happening immediately- I think next year will still be a difficult year because I think there will be some difficult decisions that will need to be made," Kitson explained.

"The training ground haemorrhages money so that will need to be addressed once the new owners come in- how they do it is anybody’s guess. The stadium is a fantastic asset, but it is not used nearly enough so that needs addressing. These are people that you have to put in place to make these things happen.

"There will be cuts- we’ve lost so much money, and we don’t want to get to the point of losing points again, we want to be as stable as we can. Things will be cut further rather than somebody coming in and going down that path.

At the different end of the spectrum, you’ve got Manchester United. You’ve got Dan Ashworth coming in and new people, new CEOs and technical directors. That restructuring doesn’t happen immediately, it will take some time. That’s why I think next year will be interesting, but it won’t be a huge bounce, sorry to downplay it.

"We just want our club back and be on a stable footing and say finally, for the first time in however many years, we’re going to go into the season and there’s nothing to worry about off the pitch."