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Sone Aluko

Forward

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Biography

Date of birth

19/02/1989

Height

173cm

Signed

30/08/2017

Country

Nigeria

Sone Aluko made the move to Reading in the summer transfer window ahead of the 2017-18 campaign, penning a four-year deal to move from Fulham.

Sone came through the youth ranks at Birmingham City and was named on the bench as a 16-year old for a Premier League meeting with Arsenal at Highbury back in October 2005.

His full professional debut came north of the border however, when he joined Aberdeen on loan. Aluko came off the bench for the Dons in a UEFA Cup clash against Panathinaikos in Greece before scoring in his first league start for the club in a 2-0 home win over Dundee United.

His next goal came against the might of Bayern Munich as the Dons earned a 2-2 draw with the German giants at Pittodrie and he earned a permanent move to Aberdeen on transfer deadline day in 2008.

He scored nine goals in 82(+14) appearances with Aberdeen before signing for Rangers in 2011, where he scored 12 more in just 19 Scottish Premier League starts under Ally McCoist - including a hat-trick in a final day win at St Johnstone in his final appearance for the club.

The pacy forward edged back over the border to sign for Hull City in 2012 and he helped the Tigers achieve promotion to the Premier League in his first campaign on Humberside. Alongside Stephen Quinn and Paul McShane, he helped Hull reach the FA Cup Final in his second campaign in the north-east.

Having helped Fulham to the Play-offs in 2017 - where they were eliminated by Reading - he moved to RG2 that summer.

Aluko made 40 appearances in Reading colours during his first season; his three goals included a stunner against QPR, helping the Royals to a first win since Paul Clement took charge as manager in March 2018.

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