Pavel Pogrebnyak completes Reading move
Premier League new boys Reading have completed the signing of striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, after the Russian was granted a work permit.
The 28-year-old, who has eight goals in 32 caps for Russia, has signed a four-year deal with Brian McDermott's side.
The Royals faced stiff competition from Fulham for the former Stuttgart striker, who was a free agent.
He scored six goals in 12 starts for the Cottagers last season after joining them in January.
Royals boss Brian McDermott told the club's official website: "We're delighted. It's been a long process to get Pavel to the club and now he's officially a Reading player and everyone is looking forward to working with him.
- Born: 8 Nuovember 1983 in Moscow
- Clubs: Spartak Moscow, Baltika Kaliningrad (loan), FC Khimki (loan), Shinnik Yaroslavl (loan), Tom Tomsk, Zenit St Petersburg, Stuttgart, Fulham
- International: 32 caps, 8 goals (made his debut in 1-0 win over Latvia in Aug 2006)
"Having met Pavel, he is a top guy, his work ethic is excellent and I'm sure he will be very important to our group in the coming years."
Director of football Nick Hammond added: "We were always hopeful that a permit would be secured but it's still great to get the deal done.
"It'll be nice get him in and working with the lads - he's a great individual, and will fit really well into group."
Pogrebnyak will receive a signing-on fee from Reading, who were recently taken over by Russian tycoon Anton Zingarevich.
But reports that Pogrebnyak is set to earn £65,000 a week are said to be well wide of the mark.
McDermott's Championship-winning side begin their Premier League campaign by hosting Stoke City on 18 August.