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Sa signs for Maccabi Tel Aviv

26 January 2016

Striker seals transfer to Israeli top flight champions

Portuguese forward Orlando Sa has today completed a permanent transfer from Reading to reigning Israeli Premier League champions Maccabi Tel Aviv, signing a three-and-a-half year move for an undisclosed fee.

Since signing from Legia Warsaw last summer, Sa made a total of 21 appearances for the Royals during his stay at Madejski Stadium, scoring five goals – the last of which came against his former side Fulham when we travelled to Craven Cottage in October 2015.

Sa, who turns 28 in May, began his career with Braga and Porto in his native Portugal, and first moved to England to join the Cottagers in 2011, where he scored once in his single season in West London. After a season and a half with Cypriot side AEL Limassol, the striker switched to Polish club Legia Warsaw before a return to England to join Reading last June.

The Portuguese frontman was denied the chance to open his goalscoring account on his Reading debut away at Birmingham City on the opening day – seeing his last-minute penalty saved by Tomasz Kuszczak in a 2-1 defeat for the Royals.

Sa did net his first goal in a Reading shirt away at Brentford later that month and followed it up with a hat-trick against Ipswich Town in the following fixture – however he was shown a straight red card for an off-the-ball incident on his next outing when the Royals lost to Derby County at Madejski Stadium.

His last appearance for the Royals came as an 89th minute substitute for Matej Vydra against Huddersfield seven days ago. Everyone at Reading Football Club would like to wish Orlando the very best in his future career out in Israel.

I would like to thank my team mates and fans at Reading FC and wish all the best for the future.

— Orlando Sá (@ORLANDOSA10) January 26, 2016

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