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Saeid Ezatolahi Becomes Reading's Eighth Summer Signing

Arriving on loan from Rostov.

Iran v Portugal: Group B - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
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Fresh from the World Cup, Saeid Ezatolahi signed for Reading on Friday in a season-long loan deal. Impressing in his native Iran as a teenager, the midfielder joined Atletico Madrid's academy and went on to sign for FC Rostov in 2015.

There is no word on whether the Royals hold a clause to make the deal permanent should Ezatolahi impress in the Championship. Ezatolahi is the club’s ninth signing overall of the summer. Paul Clement said:

“I’m very happy we have been able to sign Saeid on loan within 24 hours of this transfer window closing. Saeid is a strong, powerful central midfield player with good technical ability.

“He has experience playing at the highest level with both the Iranian national team and domestically with his current side FC Rostov and in time spent in Spain with Atlético Madrid. Now, I’m really looking forward to getting to work with him on the training pitch.”

Whereas Brian Tevreden added:

“I am delighted we have been able to further bolster our midfield options before the closure of the loan window tomorrow and, in Saeid Ezatolahi, we believe we are adding a talented midfielder with real potential to our first team group.”

Ezatolahi is unlikely to be ready to play this weekend against Sheffield Wednesday, but could feature after the international break.

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