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Reading FC Sign Midfielder Sandro Wieser

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Jaap Stam's ambitious rebuilding continues with the addition of Liechtenstein midfielder Sanro Wieser. Here's what we know of Reading FC's ninth summer signing.

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Sandro Wieser takes the number of additions at the Madejski Stadium this summer to nine, and ostensibly replaces Oliver Norwood after his move to Brighton on the eve of the new season. The 23-year-old has signed a three-year-contract at the Made Stad, where he'll wear 17.

On the move, Reading boss Jaap Stam told the club's official website.

"Sandro is a left-footed defensive midfield player who has been playing his football out in Switzerland. He is a good passer of the ball, he has a good physique, good technique and I'm sure he will prove a good addition to the squad."

Wieser has spent most of his career in Switzerland, starting out with FC Basel before a move to Hoffenheim in Germany. Things didn't quite work out for him thbere and a couple of loan spells followed, before he ended up with FC Thun last season scoring twice in 13 games as they finished 6th in Switzerland's top division. The midfielder also has 33 caps for Liechtenstein, making him our first Liechtensteiner!

He does have one bad incident in his past though, with Wieser having a criminal case launched against him for a bad tackle on Gilles Yapi-Yapo that saw him banned for six-games in 2014. The midfielder apologised for the incident, you can watch it here...

WARNING, it's a pretty strong tackle. 

Ultimately, Sandro was fined £7,000 by the court for the incident.

Again this is a signing of a player who's clearly got potential but just hasn't been able to realise it to this point. With George Evans, Danny Williams, John Swift, Joey van den Berg, Liam Kelly and Aaron Kuhl all pushing for a midfield spot, it's going to be tough for Wieser to nail down a regular spot.

So one more in the door folks, now if we can just get a defender or two....