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Reading FC Linked With Danilson Da Cruz

Reports from France suggest that the Royals are tracking this experienced centre half.

According to French site Foot Mercato, Reading are looking to sign 30 year-old French defender Danilson Da Cruz. Da Cruz, who can also play in midfield, is available on a free having just finished his contract with Red Star in Ligue 2. It's also reported that Dijon are rivalling Reading for his signature.

Although the article from Foot Mercato is short on detail, they seem pretty sure of their claim, saying that both Reading and Dijon are 'very interested' in Da Cruz.

Elsewhere, Ma Ligue 2 claim that French sides Troyes and RC Lens could also be suitors for the 30 year-old.

What else do we know about him?

In short, not much. Thus far, Da Cruz has been playing in the lower tiers of the French footballing pyramid, turning out for the likes of FC Issy, US Creteil and most recently Red Star. Of those, Red Star is the biggest team, albeit only being in the French second tier.

Where does he play? Foot Mercato say centre half/centre midfield, which is backed up by Transfermarkt.

Is he any good? Reported interest from Dijon (recently promoted to Ligue 1), Troyes and RC Lens (both Ligue 2) would suggest that he's fairly decent. That said, the fact that he hasn't really broken into the upper echelons of French football by the age of 30 doesn't fill me with confidence.

Do we need him?

If he is any good, then yes. Our options at centre half currently consist of Paul McShane, Jake Cooper and summer signing Danzell Gravenberch. However, you can also potentially add in Niall Keown, Rob Dickie and Dom Hyam from the academy.

Nonetheless, another senior centre back wouldn't go amiss, particularly an experienced one. Besides the 30 year-old McShane, Cooper and Gravenberch are still only 21 and 22 respectively. Also at the ripe old age of 30, Da Cruz could (theoretically) compliment that group nicely.

The original articles were translated with the use of Google Translate and Bucks' A-Level French.