Friday 06 July 2012

Pogrebnyak completes Reading switch

Russian striker signs for Barclays Premier League new boys on a free

Russia striker Pavel Pogrebnyak impressed during a loan spell at Fulham last season

Barclays Premier League new boys Reading have completed the signing of Russia international striker Pavel Pogrebnyak.

The 28-year-old has been granted a work permit and moves to the Madejski Stadium on a free transfer having signed a four-year contract with the Royals.

"He is a top guy, his work ethic is excellent and I'm sure he will be very important"
- Brian McDermott

Pogrebnyak, who left German side Stuttgart in the summer, is no stranger to the Barclays Premier League having enjoyed a successful loan spell with Fulham in the second half of last season.

"We're delighted," manager Brian McDermott told the club's official website. "It's been a long process to get Pavel to the club and now he's officially a Reading player and everyone is looking forward to working with him.

"Having met Pavel, he 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.

Pogrebnyak is a Russian international and recently represented his country at Euro 2012, where they went out at the group stage.

He prospered at Craven Cottage in the second half of last season, scoring six goals in 12 appearances and becoming the first player in Premier League history to score with his first five shots on target in the division.

Reading's director of Football Nick Hammond added: "We were always hopeful that a permit would be secured but it's still great to get the deal done.

"It'll be nice get him in and working with the lads - he's a great individual, and will fit really well into group."

Pogrebnyak will take a break after his Euro 2012 exertions before joining up with the rest of the Reading first-team squad for pre-season training.

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Key Points

  • Reading complete signing of striker Pavel Pogrebnyak
  • Russian pens four-year deal after getting work permit
  • Pogrebnyak, 28, spent time on loan at Fulham last term