Reading have agreed a deal to sign American international midfielder Danny Williams from German side Hoffenheim for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year-old has agreed a four-year contract to keep him at the Madejski Stadium until the summer of 2017, subject to international clearance.
Williams has won 12 caps for his country and he told the club website: "I am very excited to be here.
"I am looking forward to trying to get the club back to the Premier League."
Royals director of football Nick Hammond added: "Danny is a versatile player, he possesses great energy and already has great experience in one of the top leagues in Europe. At his age, he still has plenty of development ahead of him."
Chairman Sir John Madejski said: "These are exciting times for the club and Danny's acquisition is another step forward for us.
"I remember American players Marcus Hahnemann and Bobby Convey doing very well in a Reading shirt in recent years and I am certain Danny will do the same."