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Chelsea confirm late deal for defender

Chelsea have signed Michael Hector from Reading, where the defender will remain for the season as one of the Premier League champions' 32 loan players.

Hector joined Nantes defender Papy Djilobodji in signing for Chelsea on transfer deadline day.

Senegal international Djilobodji will remain with the first-team squad, but the 23-year-old Hector will continue playing at the Madejski Stadium.

"Chelsea Football Club have today completed the signing of Michael Hector from Reading," Chelsea said on their official website.

"The 23-year-old centre-back, who has signed a five-year-contract, will return to Reading and spend the remainder of this season on loan at the Madejski Stadium."

Reading snap up free agent Stephen Quinn

Republic of Ireland midfielder Stephen Quinn has agreed a move to Reading.

Quinn is on his way to Reading. Credit: PA

The 29-year-old, a free agent after leaving relegated Hull at the end of last season, will sign a three-year contract with the option of a fourth.

Royals boss Steve Clarke told the club's website:

"Stephen is an unassuming player but has always caught my eye and, when I knew he was available, I targeted him quite early in the summer.

"His performances are always of a good standard and he is a talented, industrious, aggressive midfielder who can be influential in games.

Quinn joined Hull from Sheffield United in 2012 and made 97 appearances - including the FA Cup final defeat by Arsenal last year - and scored five goals.

Aston Villa and Reading charged for crowd trouble

Villa fans invade the pitch after beating rivals West Brom in the quarter-finals. Credit: PA

Aston Villa and Reading have been charged in relation to crowd disturbances occurring after their FA Cup quarter-final matches, the Football Association has announced.

It is alleged that Villa and Reading failed to prevent spectators encroaching on the pitch following the clubs' sixth-round victories against West Brom and Bradford respectively.

Both clubs have until Thursday to respond to the charge.

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