Royals seal second summer deal
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Reading have completed the signing of Brentford defender Sam Sodje.
Reading have completed their second signing of the summer with the capture of Brentford defender Sam Sodje.
It was revealed earlier this week that The Royals had agreed a fee of around £350,000 for the player - in a deal that could rise to a possible £500,000.
Sodje has since concurred on a three-year contract with the Premiership new boys and passed a club medical.
"It is every player's dream to play in the Premiership, and I am delighted to get this opportunity. I have come a long way in the last two years and this move is a big challenge, but I believe I can do it," said Sodje.
"I have spent some time here in the last few days, met some of the lads and it seems a great club. Everything feels right and I think this move will lead to good things for me."
Working to a tight budget, Reading manager Steve Coppell was quick to identify Sodje, 27, as a useful addition to his squad.
"Anyone who's seen Sam play knows he's got a magnificent leap for his size. He's so good in the air and his timing is excellent. He's got good pace, and he's an out-and-out defender," said Coppell.
Sodje joins former Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Seol Ki-hyeon in making the switch to The Madejski Stadium, in preparation for the club's first ever campaign in the top flight.
Sodje, a Nigerian international, made 100 appearances for The Bees after joining the League One side from non-league Margate two years ago.