Pog will be a Royal within a week
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Striking ambitions: Pavel Pogrebnyak will join Reading once he has obtained a work permit.
READING FC hope to complete the signing of Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak later this week.
Royals have agreed personal terms with the 28-year-old free-agent who passed a medical last week.
The ex-Stuttgart ace is set to become the top earner at the Madejski Stadium on a reported £30,000 per week after Reading gazumped Premier League rivals Fulham to secure his services on a three-year deal.
The signing of Pogrebnyak, who featured for Russia during Euro 2012, will be confirmed when Reading obtain a UK work permit.
He will become the club's second signing in a week following the capture of Danny Guthrie on a free transfer from Newcastle United.
The 25-year-old central midfielder has agreed a three-year deal and said: "It feels brilliant to have everything agreed, it is a great honour and I am very excited.
" As soon as I met the manager and Nick Hammond (director of football) my mind was made up, it was a no-brainer."
Newly-promoted Royals made their first signing of the close season back in May with the arrival of ex-Nottingham Forest winger Garath McCleary.
** ROYALS goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has been placed on standby for Team GB at this summer's London Olympics **