Reading have signed Crawley midfielder Hope Akpan on a three-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee.
Akpan, 21, began his career at Everton and after a short loan at Hull City joined Crawley in June 2011.
He made 60 appearances for the West Sussex club, scoring eight times, and played in their 3-1 FA Cup defeat against the Royals last weekend.
"He is hungry and will be very committed to our cause," said Reading manager Brian McDermott.
"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 a player we feel can play at this level."