Reading FC have announced the signing of former Barcelona and AC Milan midfielder Alen Halilovic.

The 25-year-old, who was the youngest ever debutant for the Croatian national side, joins on a one-year deal.

He will wear the number seven shirt.

Royals manager Veljko Paunovic told the club website: “Creativity in any team is vital and Alen is a clever attacking midfielder with vision and an abundance of talent.

"Even though he has only just turned 25, importantly he has Championship experience on his CV and he has played professionally across Europe and for his country, Croatia.

"I am very pleased we have been able to bring Alen to the club and I look forward to working with him on the training pitch.”

Chief Executive Dayong Pang added: “We’re delighted to bring Alen to the club. He will add further depth to our squad and will bring with him a wealth of creativity which can only benefit the team.

"I’m excited to welcome him to Reading and see him represent the Royals very soon!”