Hope Akpan says he is ready to make the step up to the Premier League and will fight to keep Reading in the top flight. The 21-year-old joined the Royals from League One Crawley on Tuesday and is relishing the chance to prove himself.

"It was my goal from when I was a kid to play in the Premier League, even when I dropped down the divisions," he told BBC Radio Berkshire.

"I didn't think it would come around as quick, but I'm definitely ready."

Akpan joins a Reading side who are second from bottom and five points adrift of 17th-placed Southampton.

"It's going to motivate me [the relegation battle] and I'm ready for the challenge and to fight for the cause," he added.

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