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Biography

Date of birth

11/02/1996

Height

184 cm

Signed

29/07/2016

Country

Côte d'Ivoire

Ivorian youth international Yakou Meite made the move from French giants Paris St-Germain in the summer of 2016 to link up with Reading.

Born in Paris, Meite joined PSG at the age of 13 and progressed through the Academy system in the French capital. He reached the final of the UEFA Youth League with Ligue 1 giants last season – an U19 competition which mirrors the Champions League at group stage. 

Only nine days before that tournament started, Meite had made his professional debut for Laurent Blanc’s side, coming off the bench in a 2-0 win over Guingamp to play a small part in what was a domestic treble-winning season for PSG last season. 

Yakou is eligible to play for the Ivory Coast through his parents and he first represented the Elephants at U17 level, picked to take part in the U17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in 2013. 

The forward went on to feature in the Toulon Tournament for the U20s in 2015 – featuring in a 2-1 defeat to an England side which included fellow future Royal John Swift amongst their squad. 

Meite, who was linked with moves to a number of top flight teams in England in the summer, joined the Royals in July 2016 ahead of the new Championship season.

His first campaign at the Madejski saw him demonstrate glimpses of his explosive attacking ability on a number of occasions and he scored his first in Royals colours against Derby County at the iPro Stadium in January 2017.

Meite's 2017-18 season was spent back in France, where he was a regular for Sochaux during a loan spell as they finished 10th in Ligue 2.

But he returned to the Royals ahead of 2018-19 and formed part of the pre-season programme; he netted his first goal of the new campaign in August in the Carabao Cup against Birmingham City.

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