Reading have completed the signing of Manchester City midfielder George Evans on a three-and-a-half year deal, the club’s official website has confirmed.
The 21-year-old has been on loan at Walsall since October, scoring four goals in 16 appearances, but was recalled from the Banks’ Stadium at the weekend ahead of a proposed move.
The former England youth international reportedly rejected an opportunity to join Brentford in favour of moving to the Madejski Stadium, and has become Reading’s second signing of the January transfer window following the arrival of academy player Seid Behram from Bosnian side Zeljeznicar.
Reading manager Brian McDermott expressed his delight at the deal, telling the club’s website: “I am delighted we have secured the signing of George. I saw him play for Walsall while I was scouting for Arsenal and we’ve followed him ever since.
“He is a great guy and a terrific young midfielder with great pedigree, and I’m sure he will become an even better player working in our environment at Reading.”
Evans first came to prominence at City when he scored a stunning strike from 35 yards out in a pre-season friendly with MLS side Toronto FC last summer.
He went on to make his competitive debut for the first team as a late substitute against Sunderland in the Capital One Cup in September, becoming only the second player to represent City at every level from Under-8s to the first-team.
However, he has never managed to secure a regular place in the first-team squad at the expense of any of the club’s senior stars, and had also undergone loan spells as Crewe Alexandra and Scunthorpe United.
Reading are currently 14th in the Championship table.
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