Royals snare Russian from under Fulham’s noses.
Newly promoted Reading have pulled off a stunning coup by signing Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak on a four-year deal, reports Sky Sports.
The 28-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Fulham, scoring six times in 12 league appearances, including a hattrick against bottom-club Wolves.
The west Londoners were confident of signing Pogrebnyak, a free agent after refusing to sign a new contract at Stuttgart, permanently, with the powerful hitman expressing a determination to stay in the Premier League
Until this weekend, Pogrebnyak had been on international duty at Euro 2012 but following the Russians exit, he has flown home to conclude a deal with the Royals, under Fulham boss Martin Jol’s nose.
Reading were taken over by Russian businessman Anton Zingarevich towards the end of last season and it is thought the new owner may have had a say in luring his compatriot to the Madjeski Stadium.
Royals boss Brian McDermott has already brought in Garath McClearly from Nottingham Forest as he looks to improve his squad following their return to the top flight and the snaring of Pogrebnyak represents a major coup for the Berkshire club.