Reading have completed the loan signing of Cameroon defender Andre Bikey from Lokomotiv Moscow.
The 21-year-old will spend the rest of the season at the Madejski Stadium with the Royals having the option of wrapping up a permanent deal next summer.
The move comes despite Bikey's sending-off when on trial for the club on their pre-season trip to Sweden.
Manager Steve Coppell told the club's official website: 'He did well in Sweden until he blotted his copybook by getting sent off in the last game, but we feel that happened because he was so determined to impress.
'He's a Cameroon international with good experience so we hope he takes the opportunity and plays a full role in our season.'
Bikey will link up with his Cameroon team-mates for a friendly against Rwanda next week.