Royals bring in two experienced additions to their Premier League squad.
Reading have confirmed they have agreed personal terms with the Russia striker Pavel Pogrebnyak and are awaiting a work permit application to finalise the transfer.
The Reading manager Brian McDermott revealed earlier this week that a deal for Pogrebnyak had been struck, and after the player passed his medical the club say they anticipate that the deal will be completed in the coming days.
“Reading as agreed terms with Pavel Pogrebnyak to join the club,” read a club statement. “The player has already completed a medical and the deal is now only subject to the player obtaining a UK work permit. Reading anticipate completing the signing within the next seven days.”
Pogrebnyak is out of contract this summer and it has been reported Reading have offered him a four-year deal worth around £65,000 a week.
Confirmation of the deal comes a day after Reading secured the signing of the midfielder Danny Guthrie on a three-year contract. The 25-year-old former Newcastle player completed his medical yesterday and will formally complete the move on Sunday.
These deals could well be the type of business that keeps Reading clear of the drop zone and do so without breaking the bank. Royal boss Brian McDermott has cleverly snapped up two much sought after players, probably with the added incentive to both of regular first team football.
Fulham appear to have lost the battle to sign Pavel Pogrebnyak the moment they allowed the Russian to join his national team training camp ahead of the Euro 2012 finals. The former Stuttgart man did a wonderful job for the West London side last term, netting six goals in 12 starts last term, but Martin Jol wasn’t able to make the big forward an offer that the striker was interested in signing.
Reading have also done very well to snap up Newcastle United midfielder Danny Guthrie, who was reportedly also being pursued by Aston Villa. The 25 year old former Liverpool man made 104 appearances for the Magpies but found himself being forced out of Alan Pardew’s first team plans following the arrival of Yohan Cabaye last summer.