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Reading FC Sign Liam Moore From Leicester City

The club's best signing of the summer?

Oxford United v Leicester City - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images

After a prolonged chase, the Premier League Champions have sold their 24-year-old centre back, Liam Moore, to Reading.

The defender signs on a four-year-deal for a fee believed to be in the seven-figure range.

Speaking to the Official Site, Manager Jaap Stam said..

“Liam is the type of defender who can play high up the pitch, because he has pace and he can cover distances quickly should the opposition play long balls over the top or try to get in behind the back line.

“He is comfortable on the ball and can play it out from the back, he is an aggressive defender and good in one-on-one situations. I’m really pleased he has joined our squad at Reading.”

Moore came through the ranks at Leicester and has made 67 appearances for The Foxes, scoring one goal (but what a goal it was, see below).

The former England U21 international has also spent time on loan at Bradford (League Two), Brentford (League One). His most recent move, to Bristol City (Championship), came when he found himself down the pecking order behind Morgan, Huth and Wasilewski.

With the arrival of Luis Hernandez from Sporting Gijon this summer, he looked out of the picture under Ranieri. He did manage 11 Premier League appearances for The Foxes before falling down the pecking order.

Moore a great signing

Liam Moore is a fantastic signing for The Royals. Not only does he become an instant first choice alongside Paul McShane at the back, but he's also young enough to improve under Stam and provides guaranteed quality.

His signing also makes the back line look immediately stronger, with McShane and Moore the first choice pairing, Cooper behind them, Van Den Berg an option and youngsters like Hyam and Dickie also in with a shout to feature this season.

Now all we need is competition for Gunter and Obita…

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