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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


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.”


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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