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The Kebesurrection: Former Reading FC Winger To Sign For Spanish Side

Winger Jimmy Kebe, an integral part of the 2011/12 Championship winning side for the Royals, will sign for Spanish Segunda Division side RCD Mallorca.

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The Malian attacker has not kicked a ball in professional football since March 3 2014, during a loan spell with Leeds United, and left Premier League outfit Crystal Palace by mutual consent having joined the Eagles from Reading for an undisclosed fee. Now, however, his return to football will be on the Balearic Islands with the struggling Bermellones.

According to Diario de Mallorca, 31-year-old Kebe met with the club hierarchy on Saturday (pictures prove that this happened!) and will pass a medical and be presented to the media in the coming days. Mallorca have recently seen former Spain international Albert Ferrer installed as their manager, and the ex-defender (who replaced Steve Clarke as Chelsea's first-choice right-back in 1998) is set to radically overhaul the squad to improve the club's fortunes. Having finished 8th in the Primera Division in 2011/12 they were relegated to the second-tier and finished 17th then 16th out of 22 teams in the last couple of campaigns.

Kebe's resurrection as a professional footballer may now see a cult following of Royals supporters for Els Barralets, and will likely become a cracking pub quiz question in years to come.