Saturday 05 July 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Russia international Pavel Pogrebnyak completed a move to newly-promoted Reading after he was granted a work permit.
The 28-year-old had played in the Barclays Premier League the previous season when he was loaned to Fulham by Stuttgart.
He scored six top-flight goals in 12 appearances at Fulham, including a hat-trick against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Pogrebnyak signed a four-year deal and Royals manager Brian McDermott said: "We're delighted. Pavel is a top guy, his work ethic is excellent and I'm sure he will be very important to our group in the coming years."
Director of Football Nick Hammond added: "It'll be nice to get him in. He's a great individual and will fit really well into the group."
Pogrebnyak made a good start with his new club, scoring in his second Barclays Premier League match at Chelsea.
By early January he had scored five League goals, including three in three matches at the turn of the year, but he did not find the net again during the campaign, at the end of which Reading suffered relegation back to the Championship.
He found goals easier to come by in the second tier last season - finishing as the club's second top scorer with 13 league goals as the Royals just missed out on the play-offs.
Pogrebnyak, who has scored eight goals in 33 internationals for Russia, was named in his country's provisional 30-man squad for this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil but did not make the final 23.