Reading FC have announced the signing of ex-England striker Andy Carroll. 

The former Liverpool and West Ham frontman, whose transfer fees have totalled more than £50 million over the course of his career, joins the Royals on a short-term contract. 

The 32-year-old links up with Veljko Paunovic’s squad having been released by Newcastle United in the summer. 

Reading Chronicle:

His contract at the Select Car Leasing Stadium runs until mid-January 2022. 

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Royals boss Veljko Paunovic said:  “This is a deal which we have been working on for some time and are confident it is the right move for both player and club. 

“Andy is looking for a new challenge in his career and we need a player with his quality and vast experience! 

“So this is a great match and I’m really looking forward to working with Andy over the next couple of months.”

Reading Chronicle:

The move comes as star-striker Lucas Joao remains injured and Romanian forward George Puscas continues to struggle in front of goal.

Royals Chief Executive Dayong Pang said, “With long-term injuries to two of our key goalscorers, our strength in depth in attack has understandably been limited all season, so I am very pleased that Andy has agreed to join us. 

“With a proven eye for goal, I am sure he will offer our first team squad something different as we approach another busy period of Championship football.”