Wow. What a day.
Reading have made their third signing of transfer deadline day by bringing in Lewis Grabban on a season-long loan from AFC Bournemouth, who follows Jordon Mutch and Reece Oxford through the door in these last 12 hours.
The Royals have been lacking in the striking department of late, so the addition of Grabban will provide some much needed firepower as the team look to cement their place in the top six. The 29 year old may not have been in the best form of late, mainly as he's barely played, but he does have Championship pedigree.
He netted 22 goals in 44 games for Bournemouth in the second tier in 2013/14, and then scored 12 in 36 for Norwich City the following campaign as the Canaries won promotion to the Premier League. However, he couldn't quite cut it in the top flight at Carrow Road or back on the South Coast following a move back to Bournemouth in January last year.
This campaign Grabban has made just three Premier League substitute appearances and started three cup games, scoring in the 3-2 EFL Cup defeat to Preston in September.
Speaking to the club's official website, Nigel Howe said:
“I am delighted that we have been able to add some extra fire power to the squad in the form of a proven goalscorer like Lewis. And I am very pleased that a striker in such high demand chose to come to join the Royals.”
Since the January transfer window's creation in 2002/03, Reading have never made more than two signings in one day or more than four signings in one window. Both of those records have been broken today, with deadline day trio Mutch, Oxford and Grabban joining record signing Tiago Ilori and Adrian Popa at the Madejski Stadium this month.