Striker makes switch to Solskjaer's City
Reading Football Club can confirm that striker Adam Le Fondre has today joined Cardiff City for an undisclosed fee.
The forward signed for the Royals from Rotherham United in August 2011, having previously scored goals for Stockport County and Rochdale before becoming a Miller.
He comfortably made the step up from League Two, scoring his first goal for Reading in a 2-0 win over Doncaster Rovers at Madejski Stadium the following month and the 27-year-old went on to score 38 more league goals during his Madejski Stadium career, as well as two more in the FA Cup.
The Stockport-born goal poacher made 53 league starts during his three years at the club, totting up almost as many appearances as a substitute (51 in total), as he gradually earned a ‘super sub’ label with a reputation for scoring goals from the bench.
In fact eight of his 14 Premier League goals were scored after being introduced as a substitute - setting a new Premier League record in the process. He was named our Player of the Season at the end of our 2012-13 campaign.
In total, Le Fondre made a total of 110 appearances in blue and white hoops, starting 25 league games during our Sky Bet Championship campaign last season.
After completing a medical with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men, the paperwork has now been finalised allowing him to join the Bluebirds on a three-year deal. As always, the transfer is subject to the normal ratification of paperwork by the relevant football authorities.
Director of Football Nick Hammond said, “I’d like to thank Alfie for everything that he has done for Reading Football Club, his application and attitude have always been first class.
“We are all disappointed to see him go but in these challenging times this is a vital and necessary deal for the club and a deal that makes financial sense for both the club and the player. We wish Alfie and his family all the best.”