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Reading FC confirm player departure ahead of new season

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Reading have announced that striker, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson has left the club to join fellow Championship side Millwall, for an undisclosed fee. 

The Icelandic international made 20 appearances for the Royals in last year’s league campaign, scoring seven goals as Jose Gomes’ side finished 20th in the Championship.

But he struggled for game time in the second-half of last season, and was kept out of the side by Yakou Meite and Danny Loader after returning to the squad from an injury lay-off.

In total, Bodvarsson made 55 appearances for the Berkshire-based side but found it difficult to find consistency in his scoring in the Championship.

Reading will be pleased to see another player leave the club, as they look to trim the wage bill at the Madejski Stadium before the new season gets underway.

It has previously been reported by The Sun, that the Royals are under a ‘soft transfer ban’, which means that they will have to get permission from the EFL to sign any players over the summer.

But it’s unlikely that they’ll be able to make many signings until a number of players are moved on from the club.

Reading get their season underway at home to Sheffield Wednesday, where they’ll be hoping to get off to the best possible start with a win in front of their home crowd.

The Verdict: 

This is the best move for both parties involved.

Reading needed to offload the ‘deadwood’ heading into the new season, and Bodvarsson falls into that category in my opinion, so it’s a deal that makes sense.

He wasn’t the most prolific striker, but his work-ethic could see him become a fans favourite with Millwall, and he’ll be keen to show Reading what they’re missing out on next season.

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