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Championship transfer roundup - Reading

Madejski Stadium, home of Reading Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Players in:

Wayne Bridge (Manchester City, free)

Royston Drenthe (Alania Vladikavkaz, free)

Danny Williams (Hoffenheim, undisclosed)

Players out: Nick Bignall, Charlie Losasso, Angus MacDonald, Joshua Webb, Brett Williams, Noel Hunt, (all released)

Nicky Shorey (Bristol City, free)

Joseph Mills (Burnley, free)

Jay Tabb (Ipswich, free)

Nick Arnold (Wycombe, loan)

Ian Harte (Bournemouth, free)

Josh Shama (Oxford, free)

Mikkel Andersen (Randers, free)

Ryan Edwards (Perth Glory, loan)

Daniel Carrico (Sevilla, loan)

Simon Church (Charlton, free)

Jimmy Kebe (Crystal Palace, undisclosed)

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Reading v Saints in pictures

Southampton's Steve Davis and Reading's Danny Guthrie at today's match - Madejski Stadium, Reading. Credit: Daniel Hambury / PA Wires
Nigel Adkins - new Reading manager, former Saints manager applauds fans before the match Credit: Daniel Hambury / PA WIRES
Southampton's Jack Cork and Reading's Noel Hunt clash during game
Reading's Adam Federici reacts after conceding the first goal Credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

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Reading take on Southampton in relegation 'must win' game

Nigel Adkins will face his former club Southampton Credit: PA

Reading manager Nigel Adkins made five changes to his side for this afternoon's vital Barclays Premier League match against former club Southampton.

Adam Federici returns in goal after an ankle injury, while Sean Morrison, Chris Gunter, Hope Akpan and Adam Le Fondre came in after the 4-1 defeat at Arsenal.

Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino made one alteration at the Madejski Stadium, with Gaston Ramirez coming in for Jason Puncheon.

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BREAKING NEWS: Royals sign new striker

Nick Blackman Credit: Reading FC

Reading have announced the signing of Sheffield United forward Nick Blackman.

The 23-year-old has scored 14 goals for the Blades this season and has penned a three and a half year deal at Madejski Stadium.

“I’m really looking forward to it and I’m very excited,” Blackman said. “I met the gaffer last night, he was fantastic with me and I couldn’t have asked any more from him and Nick Hammond. I can’t wait to play – hopefully I can try and get involved as soon as possible.”

Manager Brian McDermott said that he was pleased to bolster his ranks with such a versatile player: “We’re very pleased to get him. He had options elsewhere but he knows that we try to develop our players and help them get better. He’s played a lot of games, and has so much more to come."

Blackman began his career at Macclesfield Town, graduating through the Silkmen’s Academy before making his professional debut at the age of 17, scoring his first goal in only his second game for the club.

The deal is subject to final paperwork but the club say they expect this to be a formality.

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