Zingarevich: from paper millionaire to new Royal blue

UNTIL the last few days, Anton Zingarevich had barely been heard of in Reading. The Russian is better-known on Merseyside, however, after he came close to taking a 40 per cent stake in Everton in 2004. The deal, through Fortress Sports Fund, never materialised, despite Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright hailing Zingarevich’s “encyclopaedic football knowledge”. Reading chairman Sir John Madejski been more restrained about Zingarevich, whose father, the Ilim Pulp magnate Boris, is an associate of Dmitry Medvedev, the one-term president widely seen as the puppet of prime minister Vladimir Putin.