Frontman sets his sights“I’m ready to go!”
There is no doubt that Reading’s new front man is looking to hit the ground running after signing a sensational deadline day deal with the Royals on Monday afternoon.
The 32-year-old heads to Madejski Stadium until the end of the season, in a deal which attracted attention worldwide as it broke on Deadline Day.
“It feels good to be back in England and it feels good to play for Reading Football Club,” he told Reading FC Player.
“I’m so happy to be here. I've been training so hard in Qatar and I'm feeling fit, I'm just ready to go. After two and a half years away from England I'm back again – English football is some of the best in the world, both the Premier League and the Championship. I have played in this league twice - with Leicester and Portsmouth and I want to try to help the team. I just need to get on the pitch and give it my best, hopefully I can score more goals and help the team.”
The Royals’ new number 20 was keen to pay tribute to Steve Clarke, who alongside the club’s owners was instrumental in bringing the striker to the club.
“Without him (Clarke) I don’t think I’d be here today, thanks to the owners too – they worked so hard to bring me here. The club have fantastic training pitches and a big stadium. The players and staff are good people and they have already made me feel at home. I am going to give it my best and we will see how it goes.”