Lita becomes a Royal
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Reading have signed Bristol City striker Leroy Lita for a club record fee of £1 million.Reading have signed Bristol City striker Leroy Lita for a club record fee of £1 million.
The England Under-21 international has signed a three-year contract with the Championship side, with an option for a further fourth year.
The move comes after Royals chairman John Madejski dipped into his own personal fortune to buy the former Ashton Gate trainee for Steve Coppell's side from the West Country club.
Lita led The Robins last season with 29 goals and earned England Under-21 honours in February, having scored on his debut against Holland Under-21s at Derby County's Pride Park.
Reading had a long-standing interest in bringing Lita to the Berkshire club, while Championship rivals Burnley also made an enquiry for the promising attacker a few weeks back.
Coppell expressed his delight at landing the young talent, as Reading aim to boost their promotion chances for the coming season.
"Leroy has great pace and is an excellent finisher who can create something out of nothing," Coppell told the club's official website.
"He is an emerging talent who is hungry and determined. and we hope that he can fulfil his potential here.
"His record speaks for itself and goals were the main thing that let us down last season, so we hope he can provide plenty of them.
"This is the biggest signing in the club's history and I would like to commend our chairman for providing the funds to make it possible."
For selling Lita to Reading, Brian Tinnion's side receive the £1 million transfer fee up front while the club are also entitled to a 'sizeable' sell-on fee for the striker.