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Republic of Ireland international Meyler to sign for Reading FC in deal that will run until 2020

The Republic of Ireland international David Meyler has completed a medical ahead of signing for Reading in a deal that will run until 2020.

The former Sunderland and Hull City defensive midfielder has agreed to sign for the Royals on a two-year contract with the option of a third year included in the deal.

The paperwork will be concluded at the end of Meyler’s contract at Hull City, which is up at the end of the month.

The 29-year-old will return from playing international friendlies against France and the USA to commit his future to the Royals and follows former Barnsley skipper Andy Yiadom through the doors at the Madejski Stadium.

Meyler came through the ranks at Cork City before crossing the Irish Sea to play for Sunderland as a teenager in 2008. He quickly broke into the Black Cats first team before signing for Hull City.

Meyler made his international debut for Ireland against Oman in September 2012, helped the Tigers to promotion to the Premier League in 2013, and scored a couple of crucial goals in Hull City’s run to the FA Cup final against Arsenal in 2014.

Following relegation Meyler stayed with the Tigers and helped them return to the Premier League after a play-off final win over Sheffield Wednesday in 2016. He was named in Ireland’s European Championships squad in France in 2016 and has amassed 20 international caps.

Manager Paul Clement said: “I am very happy to welcome David to the club as our second signing of the summer. He comes here with a lot of experience at this level but also the level above and with his ability and his leadership qualities, David is going to add a lot to our squad.

“At the end of last season, I felt it was important to bring in a player of David’s profile. And when I met with him, I got a real sense of his ambition to play at the highest level again. And, together, we’ll be fighting to push this club forward.”

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