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Royals To Acquire Appiah?

A pacey frontman? What's that?

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It's long been known that Reading Football Club have one glaring deficiency in their team—no, not defensive depth, nor creativity—pace. When it comes to strikers, the Royals haven't had a truly pacey option up front since the days of Shane Long scoring goals for fun.

Steve Clarke seems to have noted that, and could dip into the emergency loan market to resolve the issue with an apparent interest in Ghanaian striker Kwesi Appiah (which, apparently, is pronounced Kwezzi A-pyre), according to Sky Sports' Pete O'Rourke.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Reading leading the chase to sign Crystal Palace forward Kwesi Appiah on loan for the rest of the season. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cpfc?src=hash">#cpfc</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/readingfc?src=hash">#readingfc</a></p>&mdash; Pete O&#39;Rourke (@SportsPeteO) <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsPeteO/status/580740443920535552">March 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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The 24-year-old Ghanain striker has been flitting around the lower leagues since joining London-based Palace in 2012, most recently in a loan spell to Cambridge United, where he scored 6 goals in 19 appearances.

On leaving Cambridge, he told cambridge-news.co.uk:

"I think Crystal Palace have got plans for me to prove myself at a higher level. At the end of the day, my future at Crystal Palace is the most important thing, so I've got the task of proving myself at a higher level."

His performances led him to being called up to the Ghana squad for the Africa Cup of Nations this winter, where he impressed in the quarter-finals.

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