Pavel Pogrebnayk has revealed that he turned down the chance to move to Saudi Arabia

Pavel Pogrebnyak: Hoping to help Reading to Premier League safety

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Pavel Pogrebnyak rejected the opportunity to move to the Middle East before linking up with Reading as a free agent.

The Russian frontman, who impressed during a short spell at Fulham last season, was inundated with offers over the summer after it became apparent that he would not be staying on at Craven Cottage.

One of those approaches came from Saudi Arabia, but Pogrebnyak claims he snubbed a switch as he believes he still has plenty to offer in the Premier League.

"I don't really like this topic, but I can reveal that I had a good offer from a team in Saudi Arabia," he told www.aif.ru.

"I decided that it would be too early to go there and that I should be playing on a bigger stage."

Pogrebnyak benefited from playing alongside the likes of Mousa Dembele and Clint Dempsey during his time at Fulham, but he feels Reading have the quality in their squad to cement a top flight standing.

"Anyone can see how well Clint and Mousa are playing at Tottenham," he added.

"They are both great players and it is easy to play as a striker with them. Unfortunately Reading don't have players like them so we have to work hard and look to improve all the time.

"We are concentrating on avoiding relegation and I don't think that is anything to be ashamed of because the Premier League is the best in the world."