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Reading FC sign Brighton & Hove Albion striker Baldock on three-year deal

Reading FC have signed striker Sam Baldock from Brighton & Hove Albion on a three-year deal.

Baldock, who has more than 100 career goals to his name, is moving to the Madejski Stadium for an undisclosed fee.

The 29-year-old will take squad number nine in Paul Clement’s Royals team. Baldock came through the ranks at Wimbledon and followed the club to Milton Keynes, making his full debut for the MK Dons in 2005. He played a part in their League 2 title win and Football League Trophy triumph in 2008. Before the start of the 2008/09 campaign Baldock netted his first senior goal against Reading, in a 2-1 defeat.

His consistent scoring form earned him a move to West Ham United, who he helped seal a return to the top flight through the play-offs in 2012 before a move to Bristol City at the start of the 2012/13 campaign. He ended the 2013/14 campaign as League 1’s leading scorer with 24 goals, form that prompted his move to Albion.

His best campaign as a Brighton player came in their promotion winning campaign, scoring 12 times as Chris Hughton’s side finished just a point behind title-winners Newcastle. However, his first team opportunities were limited in Brighton’s first ever Premier League campaign and he now begins a new chapter of his career as a Royal.

Clement said:  “I’m very happy that Sam has joined us here at Reading, having pursued his signature throughout the summer. I always felt he was the right striker for us to bring to this club in terms of his age, his experience and his quality. Now, I look forward to working with Sam on the training field in preparation for Friday night’s home game against Derby County.”

Chief Executive Ron Gourlay said, “Sam is a striker who has proven pedigree in scoring goals and he played a very important role in helping Brighton achieve promotion to the Premier League little more than a year ago. Now, I am looking forward to seeing him score more goals as a Royal. I’m delighted he has chosen to sign for Reading Football Club.”

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