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Reading sign Sporting club captain Carrico

ESPN staff
December 31, 2012
Daniel Carrico cost Reading £600,000 © PA Photos

Reading have announced their first signing of the January transfer window with Sporting Lisbon defender Daniel Carrico arriving in Berkshire.

Carrico, 24, moves to Reading for a fee of £600,000 on a deal until the summer of 2014, with the option of a one-year extension.

The former Portugal international was due to be out of contract at the end of the season but the Royals have moved to secure his signature early.

A statement on the club's official website read: "Reading Football Club are delighted to confirm we have agreed a deal to sign Sporting Lisbon's club captain, Daniel Carrico.

"The 24-year-old joins the Royals to begin the club's investment in this January window. He is a versatile player and can play in the centre of defence as well as in midfield. He has signed a contract until the summer of 2014, with the option of a further year.''

Reading said Carrico, who has only made two appearances for Sporting this season because of his contractual situation, will join up with his new team-mates later this week.

Carrico said on Sporting's website: "It is with mixed emotions that I write this farewell message. I'm leaving the club of my heart, where I had the privilege of graduating (through the youth ranks) and serving for several years.

"I'm leaving because I understand that I am at a stage in my career when I have to take chances. Moreover, the proposed project is extremely exciting to me and I know I can succeed.''

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