Reading Football Club have completed the signing of central defender Anton Ferdinand on a two-year deal.
The 29-year-old was most recently plying his trade with Antalyaspor in Turkey, and he has a wealth of experience in English football with more than 300 career appearances for West Ham, QPR and Sunderland, who he joined for £8million in 2008.
The brother of Rio and cousin to former Reading striker Les, Anton will wear squad number 4 for the Royals.
The deal is subject to the normal ratification and receipt of international clearance. Having not played for almost a year, Anton is likely to need a couple of weeks before he can make his mark on the first team squad, and he began that process by training with his new teammates today.
"I’d like to officially welcome Anton to the club, we’re pleased to have signed three players in the last few days with him, Simon Cox and Jamie Mackie. I know they will all add to what is a very hard-working group of players."
"I’d like to wish Anton the best of luck here, he is a hugely experienced defender with more than 230 games in the Premier League, and that experience will also help all of our young players here."
"It feels fantastic to sign for a club like Reading. The first thing you feel when you come here is that it's a family environment. I've been away from English football for a year and had some tough times. Turkey is a fantastic place to go and play football, but certain things off the field didn't allow me to enjoy my football. That chapter is closed now, and I've opened a new chapter at Reading and I'm looking forward to it. I've got things to prove, to myself and everyone. A lot of people have written me off and doubted me because I've been away for a year, but I'm here to prove to people that I can offer a lot to English football. I want to offer what I can to Reading, and hopefully that means promotion. I'm champing at the bit to play my first game. I don't know when that will be as I'm lacking match fitness - I'm a bit behind the boys. I'm going to train hard, and when the gaffer thinks I'm ready, then I'll be ready."
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Khunying Sasima Srivikorn has agreed a partnership with Sir John Madejski to take Reading Football Club forward.
Sir John said, "I am delighted with these developments and would like to officially welcome Khunying Sasima to Reading Football Club.
"The Club were not intending to make any comment until all the formalities have been completed, but for the sake of clarity we believe it is in everyone's interest to release this statement now.
"Upon the completion of all the necessary procedures we will of course update everyone further, and in the meantime I am sure you share my excitement at the possibilities ahead."
Khunying Sasima said, "I am absolutely delighted to be entering into this partnership with Sir John, and working with a club with such a strong reputation.
"I and my fellow investors look forward to supporting Sir John and working toward a successful future together.
"We still have some formalities to complete and plenty of work ahead of us - but we are excited about what lies ahead."
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Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, Reading’s claim of wrongful dismissal regarding Alex Pearce was upheld. Pearce was dismissed for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity during the game against Sheffield Wednesday on 8 February 2014. His one-match suspension has, therefore, been withdrawn with immediate effect
After months of rumour and speculation about what is going on behind the scenes at Reading Football club - the side's chairman Sir John Madejski has broken his silence and told fans that he is still in charge!
Fifty-one percent of the club was sold to businessman Anton Zingarevich, back in May 2012. One of the Russian billionaire's most controversial decisions was sacking Brian McDermott who had overseen the Royals promotion to the Premier League.
In his first major television interview this year, Sir John discussed the Royals' future with ITV Meridian's Fred Dinenage and Sangeeta Bhabra.
It comes around this time every year, but it means so much to the children at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. Players from Reading Football Club have been handing out gifts to youngsters - who may not be home for Christmas. Divya Kohli has this report.
The Royal Berkshire Hospital is due to start its Christmas celebrations today.
But rather than Santa, players from Reading Football Club will be visiting young patients.
The annual event sees the players handing out Christmas presents to those at the hospital.
Reading had gone ahead early on through a Sean Morrison header but, after Millwall's Jimmy Abdou had been sent-off for a second yellow card, Liam Trotter levelled from the spot.
Reading went into the game with a record of only one defeat in eight matches and had scored in their previous six, including a 4-1 hammering of Doncaster Rovers.
After a cagey opening from both sides, Millwall created the first chance when Martyn Waghorn ran through alone. As he shaped to shoot, though, Wayne Bridge denied him with a fierce tackle. Reading took advantage of the narrow escape and went ahead in the ninth minute.
Millwall's Nicky Bailey fouled Chris Gunter, for which he was booked, and Jordan Obita swung over the free kick from wide on the right. The Millwall defence froze and allowed Morrison, the Reading centre back and captain, to nod home unchallenged past David Forde for his first goal of the season.
Millwall's task became even harder in the 85th minute, when midfielder Abdou received a second yellow card - for a wild lunge on McAnuff - and was dismissed.
But Trotter's late spot-kick, driven into the roof of the net after Federici had felled McDonald in the area, gained them a deserved point.
The visitors to the Madejski Stadium wilted in the late stages after losing captain Rob Jones to injury, and having already used their allocation of substitutes they were left exposed, allowing** **Reading to stretch their narrow lead to the final 4-1 comfortable margin of victory.
Reading went ahead early on when midfielder Danny Guthrie guided a long-range shot high into the roof of the net, but Doncaster levelled when substitute Theo Robinson latched on to a loose ball in the home area.
Reading regained their lead through Le Fondre before half-time and added two goals in the second half through Garath McCleary and Pavel Pogrebnyak.