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Done deal: Ola John is Royals' eleventh summer signing

1 September 2015

Benfica winger moves to Madejski Stadium

The Royals are delighted to announce an eleventh signing of the summer with the arrival of Dutch international forward Ola John.

The 23-year-old pens a season-long loan deal from Benfica, whom he helped win the Primeira Liga, the Super Cup and the Taça da Liga (League Cup) treble last season - scoring the winner in the final of the latter against Maritimo.

A very talented forward, Ola made his full debut for Holland against Italy in 2013, lining up with the likes of Robin Van Persie, Arjen Robben and Daley Blind in a 1-1 draw with the Azzurri.

Manager Steve Clarke said, "The chance to sign Ola came about very late in the window but we felt it was well worth the effort to force the deal through.

"He is an attacker with power and pace, the ability to beat a man and deliver quality balls into the box and also an eye for a goal himself. With these qualities, added to the players we already have in the club, Ola should help ensure that we are a more potent attacking team this season."
 
He first came to prominence at FC Twente in his homeland, helping them to a runners-up spot in the Eredivisie as well as a domestic cup and two Super Cups.
 
He then made a prestigious move to Benfica and in his first season he played 15(+7) games as his team finished second in the Portuguese top tier.

He split the 2013-14 season between Benfica and Hamburg SV, playing 12(+22) games in total, before making another 9(+17) appearances back in Portugal last season - including three goals, one of which clinched silverware for the Lisbon side.
 
Director of Football Nick Hammond said, "Ola is a player that we have known for a long time. We have followed him very closely over the last 12 months in Portugal and we feel he can make a major contribution to to our team in the coming season. He can play anywhere across the top of pitch, and he is the type of personality that will fit in really well here at Reading."

Younger brother of former Fulham forward Collins John, Ola arrives at Reading with 63(+46) career appearances and 12 goals despite only being 23 years of age.
 
His loan move to the Madejski, which will see him compete in the Championship for the Royals until the end of the current campaign, remains subject to the normal final ratification from the relevant football authorities.

Watch an exclusive video with Ola below exclusively via Reading FC PlayerHD.


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