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West Ham youngster Oxford set for Reading loan

Reece Oxford is on the move. Credit: PA

West Ham United youngster Reece Oxford is set to join Championship side Reading on loan for the remainder of the season, the club's co-chairman David Sullivan has confirmed.

The teenager has struggled to fit into Slaven Bilic's plans, only featuring twice this season, both appearances coming in the Europa League.

Don't expect much coming in today. We might have a couple of young players going out on loan. Reece Oxford might be going to Reading.

– David Sullivan speaking to talkSPORT

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Reading sign Romania international from Steaua

Adrian Popa, left, has joined Reading. Credit: PA

Championship side Reading have signed Romania forward Adrian Popa from Steaua Bucharest.

Popa, who has 21 international caps, has signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Royals.

Adrian is a forward with enormous potential who has played at a high level in Romania as well as in European and international football.

He is an experienced player, who is quick, a constant threat to the opposition, good on the ball and who is comfortable playing on the left, on the right or even up front in a two.

With the amount of games we have coming up, a player of his quality will make it easier for us to rotate a little more and give some players a rest if we need to, so I’m delighted to have him here as part of our squad.

– Jaap Stam

Reading snap up defender from Liverpool

Tiago Ilori didn't get many chances at Liverpool. Credit: PA

Reading have completed the signing of Tiago Ilori from Liverpool, the two clubs have confirmed.

The Portuguese defender has signed a three-and-a-half year deal at the Madjeski.

Royals manager Jaap Stam said: “Tiago is the type of defender a lot of people like - his technical skill, passing ability, pace, quality and physique. We always want players with those attributes within our squad.

“In this league, with all the games we need to play, you never know what’s going to happen with injuries and suspensions – so it’s also important we have options and the chance to rotate.

“And looking to the future, you need to seize the opportunity when players like Tiago are available, so we’re very happy that he will be joining us at Reading.”

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