Royals sign Greg Halford from Colchester

He has signed a three and a half year contract.

"I am extremely pleased with this signing," said director of football Nick Hammond. "We have beaten off competition from a number of clubs to bring Greg to Reading.

"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.

"With the help of our coaching staff, we hope that Greg can realise his considerable potential during his time at Reading."