Reading Football Club are delighted to announce that forward Jón Daði Böðvarsson has completed a transfer from Wolverhampton Wanderers to join the Royals for an undisclosed fee.
The 6’3” Icelandic international completed his medical earlier today and put pen to paper on a three-year contract at Madejski Stadium this afternoon. Böðvarsson is now immediately flying out to join his new teammates at their pre-season training camp in Holland.
Royals manager Jaap Stam said, “Jón is the type of player who can play in our system and he is able to play in a number up different positions within that system too - up front as a central striker, as one of a two or as a winger.
“He’s a strong runner, he’s tall but he’s very comfortable on the ball, he’s got some pace…so he’s definitely a player who will be a useful addition to our squad.”
Böðvarsson began his career at his hometown club, Selfoss, earning promotion from the Icelandic second tier in his first professional season at the club – a feat he repeated at the club two years later!
In November 2012, he made a switch to Norway to join Tippeligaen side Viking and scored 15 goals during his stay in Stavanger before being snapped up by Kaiserslautern in June 2015.
Jón made his Kaiserslautern debut against Union Berlin and soon opened his account with a goal against Nürnberg. The following summer, Böðvarsson had done enough to earn another move, this time to the Championship and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Icelander scored on his Wolves debut in an opening day draw against Rotherham last season and his Molineux bow came in a 2-0 win over the Royals the following weekend.
A late strike that secured three points at St Andrew’s helped him win Wolves hearts in a derby day victory against Birmingham City later that month and he went on to make 48 appearances in black and gold in 2016-17.
On the international front, the 6’3” forward, who can play up front or in a winger’s role, represented his country at Under-19 and Under-21 level before making his first senior team debut at the age of 20 in a 2-0 win for Iceland in Andorra.
His first goal for his country came in September 2014 as Iceland began what was to be an historic European Championships qualification campaign with a 3–0 victory against Turkey.
And little more than a year ago, Jón was making waves with Lars Lagerbäck’s giantkillers, starting in all five of Iceland’s games in Euro 2016, scoring in their final group game against Austria to cement qualification from the group phase, and then playing 89 minutes in Nice as his country earned a famous 2-1 win over England to advance into the quarter-finals!
Jón joins a club with a relatively recent history of bringing the very best out of Icelanders – Ivar Ingimarsson was part of our 106 title-winning side eleven years ago, as was Brynjar Gunnarsson who actually played a part in both of the Royals’ successful Premier League promotion campaigns.
And, of course, one of Böðvarsson’s current Icelandic international teammates remains arguably our most successful Academy graduate to date…Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Chief Executive Ron Gourlay said, “I am delighted to bring Jón to Reading Football Club on a contract that keeps him here until 2020. He is a forward who, despite only recently turning 25, has already earned in excess of 200 appearances whilst experiencing regular first team football across a range of different European domestic leagues – including the Championship. He also arrives at Reading with proven international pedigree and we now look forward to him making an impact at the Madejski.”