On Friday evening, Reading confirmed they had signed Hertha BSC's Roy Beerens for an undisclosed fee.
The Dutch winger joins the Royals on a three-year deal, with some media outlets suggesting a sum of €600,000 secured his services.
A chance to get game time
Beerens has found it tough to get minutes on the pitch in recent months, managing just three appearances throughout the 2015-16 campaign.
The season before saw him feature 27 times, scoring four goals and adding an assist, but the Dutchman has fallen out of favour with Pal Dardai.
The 28-year-old joined Hertha from AZ Alkmaar after a successful time both domestically and on the continent, as well as personally.
Before that, Beerens learned his trade at SC Heerenveen - where he made his name in Dutch football - as well as PSV Eindhoven.
In total, the winger made 230 appearances in the Eredivisie; scoring 41 times and assisting 46.
Beerens is the third player to leave Hertha this summer, joining Johannes van den Bergh and Sascha Burchert on the way out of the Olympiastadion.
Stam has his say
Japp Stam began by praising his new arrival, “Roy has a lot of qualities – he is a winger that can play on either the left or the right, and technically he is very strong."
The new Reading boss said, "He has pace, he can score goals and create chances for others." He added, "I think he is going to be a player the fans will enjoy watching."
Stam explained, "We want players who are comfortable on the ball, can use possession and create things."
He concluded, "So when the opportunity to sign him arose, Brian Tevreden began talks with his agent immediately and now we’re very happy that Roy is joining us.”