Jason Roberts signs for Reading from Blackburn Rovers

Jason Roberts has left Blackburn for Championship side Reading on an 18-month contract for an undisclosed fee.

The striker, 34, has dropped down the pecking order under Steve Kean this season, having played only 12 games amid a contract dispute.

The BBC Radio 5 live media pundit has recently aired his frustration at the lack of first-team football.

Meanwhile, Swiss club Young Boys say right-back Scott Sutter is to open contract talks with Blackburn.

Grenada international Roberts was also been linked with a move to Ipswich over the summer.

The former West Bromwich Albion and Wigan Athletic striker, who has been at Ewood Park since July 2006, signed a one-year extension to his contract in January 2011.

Roberts scored twice in the final three games of the 2010-2011 season as Blackburn avoided relegation from the Premier League.

Writing on Twitter, Roberts said: "I have enjoyed every moment of my time at the club. I have so many friends at the club that I will always want the best for BRFC. I wish the fans, staff and players success now and forever!"

Royals chairman Sir John Madejski believes manager Brian McDermott has pulled off a transfer coup.

Speaking on the club's website, Madejski said: "I am delighted a man of Jason Roberts' calibre has decided to sign for Reading.

"He will bring enormous experience to the club, and I wish him every success in helping his new team-mates."

Meanwhile, Sutter, 25, has left Young Boys' winter training camp in Spain to discuss the move to Blackburn.

Young Boys said in a statement that it would not block Sutter from fulfilling his dream to play in the Premier League.