Reading agree deal with Pogrebnyak

Premier League newcomers Reading have agreed personal terms with Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak and expect he will be granted a work permit in the next few days.

Manager Brian McDermott had said earlier in the week that a deal had been agreed for the transfer after the player had passed a medical.

"Reading Football Club has agreed terms with Pavel Pogrebnyak to join the club," read a statement on the club's website. "The player has already completed a medical and the deal is now only subject to the player obtaining a UK work permit."

The 28-year-old forward spent the second half of last season on loan at Fulham from German side Stuttgart, netting six goals in 12 appearances, but rejected the offer of a permanent deal with the Cottagers.

Confirmation of the deal comes a day after Reading secured the signing of midfielder Danny Guthrie on a three-year contract.