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Chris Baird set for Burnley deal

32 year-old Northern Irish midfielder had been training with Reading but seems set to move to Premiership-bound Burnley as free agent.

Chris Baird's time at Reading has technically been up for months now, but has still been training at Reading- at least when the manager last spoke of him in February- but is now off to Burnley, as a number of news outlets, including GetReading, reported this morning.

Originally signed on a 4 month deal in September after competition for his signature from QPR; he made his debut in a 3-1 win at Derby having signed the day before. He played 9 appearances, all in central midfield, making 1 assist with a record of 3 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses.

It seems to add to the strange period Reading are in at the moment, with confirmation that no new contract offers will be made until the ownership issue is sorted.
The reason for Baird not being given a new deal has generally been about his injury/fitness status, but ex-GetReading reporter Jonny Fordham has shown another, more worrying sign in this circumstance when quizzed on the deal.

Will he be missed, or is this another crack appearing in Reading's season? Feel free to join the debate in the comments below.