Busy Royals sign Stack
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Reading have signed Graham Stack from Arsenal amongst a flurry of transfer activity.Championship leaders Reading have completed a permanent deal for Arsenal goalkeeper Graham Stack.
The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international has been on loan at The Madejski Stadium since the summer and had agreed to join Steve Coppell's side after seeing his status slip at Highbury.
As of January 1, Stack will officially be a Reading player after the two clubs concurred on an undisclosed transfer fee and the keeper penned a two-and-a-half-year deal.
Since arriving at The Royals, Stack has made just three appearances in the Carling Cup, and has had to contend with a court case in which he was cleared of rape and sexual assault charges.
The 24-year-old also spent temporary spells at Beveren and Millwall, as he failed to break into the reckoning under Arsene Wenger, but it now looks likely he will be back in The Premiership next season with Coppell's high-flying Royals.
Coppell has stepped up the transfer activity ahead of the January transfer window by also completing a permanent deal for Tamworth defender Aaron Brown.
The 22-year-old has impressed since making a loan move from the Nationwide Conference outfit, and will join Stack in calling The Madejski Stadium home in the New Year.
"They've both had a positive influence," director of football Nick Hammond told the club's official website.
"Aaron has settled very well and Stacky has been terrific, so we are very pleased."
Young midfielder Conor Sinnott has also joined Coppell's ranks of Irish stars on a non-contract basis, having first joined on trial in October, although striker Eric Obinna Chukwynyely has not been so lucky and will be released by the club at the end of January.
The Nigerian striker signed a six-month deal in August, but has done little to impress Coppell in what is a tremendous season so far for The Royals.
"We've spoken to Eric and his contract won't be renewed beyond the end of January," Hammond continued.
"He has done a job for us, he's provided good cover and we've been very pleased, but as I say, he won't be staying."
Meanwhile, the club are yet to decide on the futures of loan men Sekou Baradji and Michael Dobson, and Hammond will engage in dialogue with West Ham United and Brentford respectively in the coming weeks.
"I've spoken to his [Baradji's] agent and to West Ham, we need to make a final decision on that and we will in the next week or two.
"We've got Dobbo until the end of January, so we'll have to spend some more time on that.
"He's not made too much of an impact ye, but I'm sure he will play his part in the next few weeks."