Reading FC sign Marc McNulty from Coventry City
- Simeon Pickup
- 6 July 2018, 21:10
Royals' new striker: Marc McNulty. Credit: Reading FC
Reading FC have announced the signing of Marc McNulty on a permanent deal from Coventry City.
The striker arrives on a four-year deal, after a transfer fee reported to be in the region of £1.5million was agreed between the two clubs.
McNulty becomes Royals' first signing of the summer involving a transfer fee, and the fourth overall after the arrivals of Andy Yiadom, David Meyler and John O'Shea on free contracts.
Speaking about the signing, Paul Clement said: "I am delighted Marc has joined us from Coventry City where he was instrumental in the club’s successful promotion to League One last May.
"He scored a lot of goals and also provided a good number of assists last season and, having followed his journey as a player - including what he achieved with Coventry last season - I have no doubt he will make the step up and prove a very good acquisition for us."
Reading have been in the market for a goalscorer all summer, with Clement making it clear to the press recently that at least one striker is at the top of his shopping list.
Scottish forward McNulty, who hit 28 goals in all competitions for Sky Blues last season, certainly fits that bill.
However the player, who started out his career at Livingstone before joining Sheffield United, is yet to be tested at Championship level.
He then had loan spells at Portsmouth and Bradford before last season's freescoring campaign at Coventry which ended in promotion to League One through the play-offs.
Reading will be hoping the player can have similar success at the Madejski Stadium next season.
Chief executive Ron Gourlay said: "After a tremendous season with Coventry City last year, Marc is clearly a striker with a natural instinct for scoring goals and he certainly has the drive and the hunger to achieve more success as a Royal. I’m delighted to welcome him to Reading."
Technical director Brian Tevreden added: "This club has a history of identifying and unlocking potential in players such as Marc and I am confident he will be a striker that relishes the opportunity to score goals for us at Championship level.
"He was a player in high demand this summer, so I am excited to have secured his signature."
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