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Reading FC Sign Sporting Lisbon Winger For U21s

An under-the-radar signing for the youth team.

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The Reading FC U21s will have a new winger on their books next season after the club managed to lure Lisandro Semedo away from sunny Portugal into beautiful Berkshire.

GetReading report that the club have swooped for his signature after the young winger, who played on the right for Lisbon's youth side, supposedly turned down a contract offer from the Portuguese giants.

The young prospect played every game of Sporting Lisbon's UEFA Youth League last season, where they were knocked out in the group stages.

Reports from Portugal suggest the 19-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the Royals, but GetReading's Charles Watts understands that isn't the case.

Semedo leaves Lisbon after a decade with the club, where he progressed through the U17s and U19s sides.

He is the sixth signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Sa, Quinn, McShane, Bond and Al-Habsi.

This signing is an interesting one and one that may get hearts racing if its true that a club of Sporting Lisbon's stature offered him a new contract. Sporting have an impressive record in bringing youth prospects through their academy, with the likes of Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo two of the most high-profile diamonds to have been mined. Now, we're not for one moment saying Semedo is the next Ronaldo, but if he is even remotely close to those standards this could be a real coup.

Unfortunately, with signings like this, it's a case of 'time will tell'.

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