Reading sign midfielder Hope Akpan

Reading confirmed their second signing of the January transfer window this afternoon in the form of Crawley Town midfielder Hope Akpan.

The player arrived at Hogwood Park this morning to undergo a medical with the Premier League side, and took part in a behind closed doors friendly this afternoon.

He has penned a three-and-a-half year contract at The Madejski Stadium and due to being 21 at the start of the season (now 22) he doesn’t have to be included in Manager Brian McDermott’s 25 man squad list in their campaign to avoid relegation.

The midfielder, who has 6 goals to his name this season, was born in England, though his desire is to represent Nigeria at International level due to both his parents originating from there.

It is a move which won’t please many Reading fans, after McDermott confirmed they were looking for experienced Premier League players. After the signing of Sporting Lisbon Captain Daniel Carrico, Akpan is the second midfielder to join the club and the Royals contingent are hoping for many more signings to give them a chance of survival this season, sitting 5 points adrift in the relegation zone currently.

He is certainly one for the future Akpan, and has hopefully left his ill discipline behind him after being fined for homophobic comments on Twitter, and being sent off for breaking an AFC Wimbledon’s players leg last year.