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Adrian Popa Signing Confirmed

30 January 2017
By Hob Nob Anyone?

The club have confirmed the incoming transfer of 28 year old Romanian winger Adrian Popa. The deal was widely reported in Romanian media last week after the club made revised bids for the player who was due to be out of contract in the summer. An initial bid of 500K Euros was turned down, but the Royals went back with an increased bid of 600K Euros which was accepted by Steaua Bucharest.

Popa has an impressive CV with 21 senior caps for Romania, three league titles with Steaua Bucharest and appearances in the Champions League and Europa League. Popa signed for Steaua in the summer of 2012 and went on to make 113 appearances for his side, hitting 16 goals in the process. His last appearance was in December when he scored the only goal in a 1-0 home win. He has also scored two goals for his country so far this season, including what turned out to be a crucial late goal in a 1-1 draw with Montenegro in a World Cup qualifier.

The confirmed signing of Popa is not expected to be Reading's final activity in the transfer market with Reading boss Jaap Stam hinting at a couple of likely signings last week. Popa is also seen as a good deal on transfer fees for the club, leaving money spare from the 10.4 million transfer and contract pot that was loaned by the club's potential new Chinese owners earlier this month. Fans will be hoping for one further signing to join new players Tiago Ilori and Adrian Popa, before the transfer window closes tomorrow evening at 11pm.


Discussion On This Story:


» 27 Jan 2017 15:47

£500k bid rejected


» 27 Jan 2017 16:28

another winger???


» 27 Jan 2017 16:39

Capped 21 times by Romania since 2012

25 goals in 210 league games for Steaua, very roughly an average of around 1 goal every 8 games

28 years old and in last 6 months of contract

Not to be confused with Adrian Popa, 26, who is a Romanian centre back for Alcala

Another winger because Reading don't do strikers any more


» 27 Jan 2017 16:46

Apparently bid of €600,000 has been accepted and he'll arrive tomorrow!

 Elm Park Old Boy

» 27 Jan 2017 17:09

Nicknamed 'moped', apparently. :D

 Pepe the Horseman

» 27 Jan 2017 17:24

The Romanian Shaqiri.


» 27 Jan 2017 17:32

Poor mans Shaqiri
Then again Rakels looked like a poor mans Kanchelskis on youtube


» 27 Jan 2017 18:22

Deal agreed. Player confirms signing tomorrow.

 The Informant

» 27 Jan 2017 18:52

Good greif.

Has Brian not learnt anything this season?

File under

And that keeper

Awful signing. Wasting money like this is rediculous.


» 27 Jan 2017 18:58

Romanian guy at the gym says he's a good player, highlighting his tenacity and work rate as a standout quality.


» 27 Jan 2017 19:01

I suppose worth a risk at that sort of price. When you see the prices quoted for players in this division can see why you'd look abroad

Actually quite like Rakels. Disappointed he got that nasty injury, thought there was some potential there, and hopefully still is.


» 27 Jan 2017 19:21

No, I've never heard of him either.....

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