Manchester City midfielder George Evans has signed for Reading on a three-and-a-half year deal.
The 21-year-old joined the Barclays Premier League club’s academy aged six, and he made his City debut in the closing stages of their Capital One Cup victory over Sunderland earlier this season.
Evans, a lifelong City fan, became only the second player in Manchester City’s history to represent the club at every single level by featuring in the 4-1 victory.
Evans made 16 appearances in all competitions during a loan spell with Sky Bet League One promotion-chasers Walsall this term, scoring four times.
Evans was recalled from Walsall on Saturday with reports suggesting Brentford were interested in signing him.
But after Reading struck an agreement to sign the 21-year-old, manager Brian McDermott says he is thrilled to have brought him to the Madejski Stadium.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the Royals boss said: “I am delighted we have secured the signing of George.
“I saw him play for Walsall while I was scouting for Arsenal and we’ve followed him ever since.
“He is a great guy and a terrific young midfielder with great pedigree, and I’m sure he will become an even better player working in our environment at Reading.”