Reading have snapped up lightning-fast Dutch winger on a free transfer from Russia.
The Royals have confirmed that they are set to sign Royston Drenthe on a free transfer from Russian outfit Alania Vladikavkaz, according to the club’s official website.
The 26-year-old is set to sign a two year deal, with an option to add an extra year, with the recently relegated side.
Nigel Adkins will be pleased to boost his squad ahead of the gruelling Championship season.
Predominantly an attacking left-winger, Drenthe can also play at left-back. He most recently played in England in a moderately successful loan spell at Everton, where he scored three league goals in 21 appearances.
Earlier in his career, Drenthe was a widely-tipped star of the future, and real Madrid signed him aged 21. His career since then however has stagnated, and he will see the opportunity of first-team football with Reading as a blessing after an injury laden time in Russia.
Despite scoring a hattrick for the Russian minnows, his side was relegated and Drenthe was allowed to leave the club on a free transfer.
Reading fans will no doubt be in good spirits after Drenthe joins Alex Pearce in committing his future to Reading. The bulky centre-back has extended his contract after being heavily linked with Liverpool earlier in the summer.