Reading chief Nicky Hammond says they're close to signing Fulham striker Pavel Pogrebnyak.

Pogrebnyak is expected to sign for the Royals in the coming days.

"Things have progressed well and we are hoping to have an agreement finalised soon," Hammond told getreading.

"Pavel is a good player and both myself and the manager (Brian McDermott) have had some good discussions with him.

"We are hopeful that we will have the deal finalised soon once he is granted a work permit, which we don't envisage he will have any problems getting."