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Sunderland signing

    (Happier times at Reading for Halford)

Well if any transfer so far has reflected the new found wealth among premiership clubs (or at least some of them, apparently some Russian billionaire owns Chelsea!) it is Roy Keane and Sunderland’s first signing since promotion to the Premiership, Greg Halford signing from Reading for a fee of £3.5 million.

Now Keane has expressed his delight at the capture of Halford, and this piece is not suggesting that Keane signed him for the hell of it, simply that when you look at the facts, it makes for strange reading. Halford signed for Reading from Colchester at the end of January this year. Reading claimed to have beaten off competition from Sheffield United, Charlton and Middlesbrough to complete the signing and director of football Nick Hammond said at the time :

I am extremely pleased with this signing, he is an outstanding talent and a typical ‘Reading’ signing – young, hungry and with the ability to become an even better player than he already is.

However the step up from Championship level came at a price for Halford and manager Steve Coppell admitted the right back position was the area where he had greatest strength in depth. Halford made his debut in a 1-0 defeat to Spurs, the controversial award of the penalty that won the game for Spurs came when Halford handballed, and Halford only made two further Premiership appearances for Reading.

Having signed for Reading for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £2.2-£2.5 million, Reading are making roughly a million pounds from a player who has made a couple of appearances for them and who was playing in the Championship just six months ago.

Keane seems delighted to have signed the player, after seeing Johnny Evans return to Man Utd following his successful loan stint at the Stadium of Light, and said:

I’m delighted Greg has decided to join us and hopefully he will play a big part in what we hope to be a successful few years for the club

Halford added:

It’s great to be here. The setup at Sunderland is phenomenal and I can’t wait to get going. I’ve had a taste of the Premiership with Reading and I want more

Here’s hoping he gets more, more than a couple of appearances…..

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