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Experienced centre-half O'Shea agrees one-year contract with Reading FC

The former Manchester United and Ireland defender John O’Shea is set to put pen to paper on a one-year deal with Reading FC, the club have announced.

The close season is little more than four weeks old but already the Royals have done deals for the former Barnsley captain Andy Yiadom and Hull City’s David Meyler.

He will sign for the club when his present contract with Sunderland runs out on Sunday, July 1.

O’Shea came through the ranks at Old Trafford as a teenager, making his debut in a cup clash against Aston Villa in 1999. He went on to lift five Premier League titles and was part of the Champions League winning Red Devils squad in 2008. There was an FA Cup winners medal in 2004, when United saw off Millwall at the Millenium Stadium and three league cup wins for the former Irish international.

He was also a losing finalist with Sunderland in the league cup in 2014, when Manchester City came from behind for victory.

The 37-year-old has recently retired from international football having been capped 118 times for his country. His last appearance came on Saturday in Ireland’s 2-1 win over the USA. O’Shea will be keen to add to his 658 league and cup appearances when he moves to the club next month.

Manager Paul Clement said, “John has played and won at the very highest level – he has won five Premier League titles, been part of a European Cup-winning side and earned 118 caps for his country! He will bring us fantastic levels of experience and proven leadership qualities.

“We looked very carefully at John’s recent playing statistics and he played a total of 40 games for Sunderland last season; he is still incredibly fit and a hugely motivated individual. So we look forward to him being a big contributor out on the pitch next season.”

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