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Blackman joins Derby

6 January 2016

Forward completes move to iPro Stadium

Reading Football Club can confirm that forward Nick Blackman has this morning completed a move to second-placed Derby County for a substantial fee which will remain undisclosed.

The 26-year-old former Macclesfield Town and Blackburn Rovers player signed for the Royals from League One Sheffield United in January 2013, making the step up to the top flight at Reading with previous experience of just one Premier League substitute appearance and two Championship starts to his name at the time.

Blackman went on to make 113 appearances for the club in total, scoring 18 league goals during the three years he spent at Reading - more than half of which came his way during a two-month-long spell last year.

His contract at Madejski Stadium was due to expire at the end of the current 2015-16 campaign, so after completing a medical with the Rams last night, the paperwork has now been finalised allowing him to sign for Paul Clement’s side on a three-and-a-half year deal.

Chief Executive Nigel Howe said, “The club made extensive efforts to negotiate a new contract with Nick over the course of the last four or five months but no conclusion was forthcoming, so with his current deal due to expire this summer we believe this move is the right thing for all parties concerned.

“This deal will also allow us the chance to potentially re-invest in the first team this month, helping the manager to bolster his squad should the right opportunities arise during the transfer window.”

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