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Reading sign Akpan

Crawley midfielder Hope Akpan has joined Reading on a three-and-a-half-year deal for a fee believed to be in the region of £300,000.

Hope Akpan faced Reading in the FA Cup at the weekend
Hope Akpan faced Reading in the FA Cup at the weekend.

The former Everton trainee, 21, joins the Royals after successfully passing a medical and becomes their second January signing after Daniel Carrico.

Akpan joined Crawley in June 2011 after his release from Everton and has made 60 appearances for the League One side, scoring eight goals.

"I'm delighted to have signed Hope, we have known all about him for a very long time,” Reading manager Brian McDermott told the club’s official website. “He has a great pedigree coming through the ranks at a top Premier League side in Everton, there were a lot of clubs in for him during this window but once he heard of our interest this was the only place he wanted to play. He's 21 and is a player we feel can play at this level.

"He's played more than 50 games for Crawley already, and any of our fans at the game on Saturday will have seen the qualities he brings, he is hungry and will be very committed to our cause. We're delighted to get him and I know our fans will give him every support in his time here."

Reading director of football Nick Hammond added that former Reading manager Steve Coppell, now director of football at Crawley, was an influential figure in the deal happening smoothly.

He said: "We are delighted to have signed Hope and I would also like to thank Steve Coppell for his assistance in completing this deal, even though it was a new experience having Steve on the other side of the table!"

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