Official announcement made as Arsenal get stopper transfer deal all wrapped up

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Arsenal goalkeeper Karl Hein has joined Reading on loan until the end of the season, it has been announced

Hein, who is yet to play for the Gunners’ first team, is highly-rated by the coaches at the club, but because he is still so young, he is not ready to challenge for a spot in the first-team just yet.

And that meant that Arsenal were looking for potential suitors for Hein, and after weeks of contact, it was Reading that won the race to sign the talented young man on loan

Hein’s arrival comes after the departure of Brazilian Rafael earlier in the month. The 31-year-old had his contract terminated early to allow him to return to his homeland and sign for Cruzeiro.

Hein will now battle Luke Southwood for the no.1 spot at Reading over the final 19 games of the campaign and could make his debut on Saturday against QPR in the Championship.

Reading chief executive Dayong Pang said: “We are delighted to be able to bring Karl [Hein] to Reading.

“At the age of 19 he is an exciting prospect, but most importantly he has already shown himself to be a very capable goalkeeper at full international level and he will add quality to our squad in this crucial period.”

Manager Veljko Paunovic said: “Karl [Hein] is an international goalkeeper with good temperament, obvious ability and the hunger to improve and impress.

“He is a welcome addition to our squad and will increase the strength of our team for our remaining fixtures this season.”

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We are massive fans of letting young players go out on loan to get some much needed game time in the first team, so hopefully Hein will get a chance at Reading for the rest of the season and impress enough to potentially get a chance at the Emirates in the future


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