Reading are on the brink of signing Malta international midfielder Udo Nwoko from Portuguese side Leixoes.
Royals boss Steve Coppell made his move after sending scouts to watch the highly-rated Nwoko in a number of matches this season, with the player set to sign a three-year contract.
Leixoes president Carlos Oliveira said: "The deal is practically done."
Nwoko told the Portuguese press: "I know the Premier League from the games I have seen on television and it is sensational to play there.
"I am very excited and I understand that Reading are a battling club, which will be perfect for my game."