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Reading FC Set To Start Summer Spending With Striker

Legia Warsaw striker Orlando Sa is set to be confirmed as the first Reading addition of the summer transfer window.

Orlando Sa playing for Fulham in December 2011
Orlando Sa playing for Fulham in December 2011
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The 27-year-old is believed to be the subject of an accepted £1 million bid that could rise to £1.5m through add-ons and bonuses - which would make him the club's most expensive striker. Granted, the current record holder is Nick Blackman, but as a statement of intent from the Thai owners this fits the bill. Furthermore, this deal should end running frustration and confusion over the club's owners agreeing a budget for transfers.

Sa may be a familiar name to Royals - not least for one Mass Sarr! - but a season with Fulham in 2011/12 acquainted the Portugese forward with English football before being shipped off to AEL Limassol. He excelled in Cyprus before Legia Warsaw signed the striker, where he spent two seasons. However, manager Henning Berg often preferred other options and despite 18 goals in 39 games he has been replaced by Hungarian forward Nemanja Nikolic with a view to departing the Polish Ekstraklasa runners-up.

After being brought through the ranks at Braga, Sa moved to Porto and earned a senior cap for Portugal in 2009, but never fulfilled original potential and now finds himself in Berkshire having shown the initial signs of reigniting his career. After flying in yesterday Sa will have a medical with the Royals and the deal should be completed before the weekend.

Interestingly, Polish reports had the player nailed on for a €1m move to Turkish outfit Bursaspor just a couple of days ago. The fact that Reading's bid is around €1.5m may be an indicator as to why Sa is Berkshire-bound.

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