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Reading snap up Fae

Ivory Coast star joins from Nantes

By Lewis Rutledge.   Last Updated: 02/08/07 6:39pm

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Reading have signed Emerse Fae from Nantes for a club record fee.

""I want to play here and win games in this magnificent stadium."" Quotes of the week

The Ivory Coast international has joined Steve Coppell's side for an initial £2.5million and has penned a three-year deal.

The 23-year-old midfielder, who will wear the number 20 shirt, was linked with Manchester City earlier this summer after Reading denied they were close to signing him.

But The Royals stepped up their interest and are delighted to have secured him.

Director of football Nick Hammond said: "We have tracked Emerse for a considerable period of time, and we feel that the deal we have agreed with Nantes represents very good value, especially in the current market place.

"He loves to break forward and drive with the ball, and will offer something a little different to the other midfielders within our squad."

A long wait

Fae is also thrilled to be joining Reading and is relishing the prospect of playing in the Premier League.

"I've been waiting for this moment for a long time and now that it's done I'm very happy," he enthused.

"Reading have been following me for a long time and I was interested as soon as I heard that they wanted me.

"I want to play here and win games in this magnificent stadium and I'm happy to work with Steve Coppell, he is a good manager."

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