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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 Méïté made the move from French giants Paris St-Germain in the summer of 2016 to link up with Reading.

Born in Paris, Méïté 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  – an U19 competition which mirrors the Champions League at group stage.

Only nine days before that tournament started, Méïté 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.

Méïté, 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.

Méïté'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.

He returned to the Royals in 2018-19 and scored 13 goals in 40 appearances, notching in vital games against Brentford, Norwich and Wigan towards the close of the season.

He also earned his first international cap with the Ivory Coast as they faced Liberia that March.

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