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Yann Kermorgant Signs From Bournemouth
21 January 2016
By Hob Nob Anyone?
Yann Kermorgant has been confirmed as Reading's latest signing as they continue to strengthen the squad during the January transfer window. Kermorgant follows George Evans who joined earlier in the week from Manchester City. Kermorgant also comes from a Premier League side as he departs from Bournemouth having scored 15 Championship goals for the club last season. French player Kermorgant is 34 years old and comes to Reading with plenty of experience after spells with Leicester, Charlton and Bournemouth in England. He has had a disappointing season so far, failing to score in any of his 7 Premier Leauge apperances. His single goal this campaign came in a 4-0 away win at Hartlepool in the League Cup.
Kermorgant signs for an undisclosed fee and joins on an 18 month contract. Reading will be looking to make use of his useful goal scoring record at Championship level - he played an important part last season in the Cherries promotion out of the Championship. He signed for Bournemouth two years ago and went on to make 69 appearances, scoring 27 goals. He joined Bournemouth from Charlton where he scored a further 32 goals over two and a half years. Reading will be hoping that he hits the ground running - on his arrival in England in 2009 at Leicester he struggled to make an impact and scored just a single goal in his first season despite making 25 appearances for the Foxes. That disappointing season saw him return to France for a year before Charlton signed him.
Reading manager Brian McDermott expects Kermorgant to play a major role this season - perhaps linking up with Matej Vydra who scored a hattrick in Tuesday night's 5-2 FA Cup win over Huddersfield Town: "In Yann we have an experienced striker with an excellent record and a player who will be able to work with our young players at the club and be a good centre-forward in the team we are trying to develop here at Reading. I am really looking forward to working with him."
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