Football

Blackett joins Reading

Reading boss Jaap Stam has turned to former club Manchester United to sign defender Tyler Blackett on a permanent deal.

The 22-year-old attended the Royals' 2-2 Championship draw with Brighton on Saturday before agreeing terms on a three-year contract.

Stam said of Blackett: "He can play as a left back or a left-sided centre back; he has got great potential in the sense that he is quick and athletic, defensively he is strong and he is good at set-pieces.

"As a defender, he can go and play high up the pitch as well, and that is what we need in the squad."

Blackett made 12 appearances for United's first team, making his debut in 2014 and also had loan spells with Blackpool, Birmingham and, most recently, Celtic last season.

He has also featured nine times for England at youth level, most recently for the Under-21s in 2014.

- PA Sport.

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