Reading have lined up Serbian coach Aleksandar Stanojevic as their new manager, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

He is a free agent after leaving Chinese club Beijing Renhe last summer after just 18 matches in charge.

A source at the Madejski Stadium has told Football Insider that the club are considering an approach for the 46-year-old.

Stanojevic has managed in Greece, China and Israel during his career but enjoyed his greatest success in Serbia while in charge of FK Partizan Belgrade.

He averaged 2.34 points per game in a two-year spell with the Serbian giants and led them to double (league title and cup) in his first season in charge.

He was also the assistant manager of Serbia’s international team for a short spell in 2008.

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It comes after this site revealed earlier today that Mark Bowen is set to leave his post as Royals boss and step up to become the club’s director of football.

Bowen is set to be replaced in the dugout and take over a new senior role overseeing the club’s footballing activity.

He took charge of 40 games last season as the Royals finished 14th in the Championship in what was his first senior position in management.

Reading struggled towards the end of the 2019/20 campaign and only won twice in their final nine matches, which included five defeats.

Stanojevic would become the club’s fifth manager in just two-and-a-half years.

Paul Clement, Jose Manuel Gomes and Mark Bowen have all held the reigns at the Madejski following the departure of Jaap Stam in March 2018 – Scott Marshall also took charge for a short period as caretaker in 2018.

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