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Reading FC complete loan move for Portuguese forward Nelson Oliveira

Reading FC have completed a loan move for Norwich City striker Nelson Oliveira that will see him stay at the club until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old was set to train with his new teammates today (Tuesday) ahead of a possible first team debut at Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday.

Manager José Gomes said, “Nélson is a striker who certainly possesses that vital killer instinct. He is strong, powerful and technically good with the ball at his feet. And he thrives on scoring goals. So we are delighted he has chosen to join us for the final 18 games of our season.” 

The City striker began his career in his home district of Braga, coming through the ranks with Santa Maria and SC Braga before joining Benfica at the age of 15. He made his debut for Benfica in a domestic cup win over Portimonense in October 2011 and played Champions League football for the club in the same season, coming off the bench to score against Zenit Saint Petersburg. He left Lisbon for Spain, and a loan move to Deportivo La Coruna, scoring on his La Liga bow against Osusuna. He spent a season with French side Stade Rennais before joining Swansea City in December 2014, and opened his Premier League account in a 3-2 away win at Newcastle United.

A loan move to Nottingham Forest followed before he completed a permanent move to Norwich in the 2016/17 season.

On the international scene he’s represented Portugal at all levels, coming off the bench to replace Nani in a friendly draw with Poland. He has since accumulated 17 caps and was also part of the Portugal squad for the Euro 2012 championships.

 

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