Following speculation last night, it has been confirmed that Reading have signed Iceland striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson from Wolverhampton Wanderers. The 25 year-old has agreed to a three year deal, with the transfer fee remaining undisclosed.
This goes down as Reading’s second summer signing, with Pelle Clement having joined from Ajax a few weeks ago.
Jaap Stam told the official website:
“Jón is the type of player who can play in our system and he is able to play in a number up different positions within that system too - up front as a central striker, as one of a two or as a winger.
“He’s a strong runner, he’s tall but he’s very comfortable on the ball, he’s got some pace…so he’s definitely a player who will be a useful addition to our squad.”
Whereas Ron Gourlay, recently appointed as Reading’s new Chief Executive, said:
“I am delighted to bring Jón to Reading Football Club on a contract that keeps him here until 2020. He is a forward who, despite only recently turning 25, has already earned in excess of 200 appearances whilst experiencing regular first team football across a range of different European domestic leagues – including the Championship.
“He also arrives at Reading with proven international pedigree and we now look forward to him making an impact at the Madejski.”
Where does Bodvarsson fit into Reading’s squad?
With Deniss Rakels and Yakou Meite departing on loan in recent weeks, and Dominic Samuel strongly linked with a move to Blackburn Rovers, Reading were looking light in terms of attacking options. Throw in injuries to Joseph Mendes and Yann Kermorgant, and the forward unit looks even more thin.
As Stam alluded to above, the former Kaiserslautern player is versatile enough to be able to slot into a number of different offensive positions. With his mixture of height and pace, he should be able to play centrally or out wide in a 4-3-3, or even with a partner in a 3-5-2.