Championship side Reading have this morning announced the signing of former Dutch International Royston Drenthe on a permanent deal.
He has penned a two-year contract at the Madejski Stadium with an option of a further year and becomes manager Nigel Adkins second signing of the summer after the aquisition of former Manchester City left back Wayne Bridge.
Drenthe moves to England on a free transfer after his relegation release clause was activated with Russian side Alania Vladikavkaz after their demotion last season.
A player who started his career so brightly with Feyenoord, winning Player of the u21 tournament for Holland in 2007 has seen his career take a huge decline due to his off-field problems over recent years.
After joining Real Madrid for a reported £12.5 million and spending six seasons at the Bernabeu, he spent time on loan at fellow La Liga side Hercules in 2010 and featured on loan at Everton in 2012.
It was at Everton where he performed admirably only to let himself down by being suspended by the club after reportedly taking two girls back to the training ground one night.
After moving on from Real Madid in the summer after six years in Spain, the player was caught speeding in Alicante in his White Ferrari whilst drinking a beer which only aided his rapid decline from football.
He announced he was a changed man earlier this year and that David Moyes had helped him turn his career around where he joined Russian side Alania Vladikavkaz, scoring a hat-trick in one game during his short stint there.
A move to England now takes place and if Nigel Adkins can keep him out of trouble and bring out the best in him, Reading could be onto an absolute winner with his ability unquestionable to help aid their instant return back to the Premier League.