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New Reading signing ready for relegation scrap

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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