Reading midfielder departs for undisclosed fee as Everton recall youngster

Date published: Tuesday 7th January 2020 3:27 - Steve Pearson


Reading midfielder Josh Barrett has departed the Madejski stadium to join Bristol Rovers for an undisclosed fee, while Everton have recalled a goalkeeper early from a spell with the Royals.

Barrett, 21, has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Sky Bet League One club.

The midfielder was limited to just 11 appearances across all competitions for the Championship stalwarts who currently sit in fourteenth place.

Speaking to Bristol Rovers’ official website, manager Ben Garner said of the capture: “He’s a player that has been in and around the first-team environment at Reading for a while and he’s naturally looking to kick-start the next step of his career.

“We feel Bristol Rovers is the perfect club to allow him to demonstrate his best attributes.”

Barrett progressed through Reading’s academy and made 15 first-team appearances in all competitions following his debut towards the end of the 2015/16 season.

He has had loan spells at Coventry and Aldershot and is a Republic of Ireland Under-23 international.

Meanwhile, Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton have recalled goalkeeper Joao Virginia from his loan spell with Reading.

The former Portugal under-21 international made just three appearances during his six month spell with the Royals.

Meanwhile, Everton look set to free up funds for new signings by selling an unwanted trio.

According to the Daily Star, the Toffees are unlikely to spend big this month, as they are expected to announce record losses and need to reduce the size of their squad.

But the Merseysiders have targeted several potential signings, if they can bring in funds to add fresh talent to Carlo Ancelotti’s squad.


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