Cardiff City are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with Reading for the signing of striker Adam Le Fondre for an undisclosed fee, subject to league ratification.
Signing on a three-year-deal, the 27-year-old frontman arrives as Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s fourth signing of the summer, following Javi Guerra, Guido Burgstaller and Federico Macheda through the door at Cardiff City Stadium after successfully completing his medical.
Le Fondre arrives with an impressive scoring pedigree, proven at every level of British football. In three years at Madejski Stadium he netted 41 goals in 109 games including 12 goals in the Barclays Premier League in 2012-13.
Speaking following his move to the Welsh capital, Adam said: “It’s such a great opportunity for me to come here to Cardiff City and play for a boyhood hero of mine in Ole Gunnar Solskjær, it was a move I just couldn’t say no to.
“I’m delighted to be working with Ole and I can’t wait to get started. Scoring is what I’m about, I’ve often got into double figures during my career although looking back at last season it’s one I really wanted to score more in personally.
“They are the high standards I set myself and now the aim is to do that with Cardiff City.”
Stockport born front man Le Fondre started his career with local club Stockport County making his debut in 2004, scoring 20 goals in 91 appearances in total before joining League Two rivals Rochdale where he scored 38 goals in 67 starts for the club.
His scoring prowess continued to flourish at Rotherham United where he quickly became a Millers hero with 58 goals in just two seasons in South Yorkshire to attract the admiring eyes of clubs ready to give him a chance at a higher level.
August 2011 saw him arrive at Sky Bet Championship side Reading, scoring 12 goals as the Royals claimed promotion to the Barclays Premier League as Champions under then manager Brian McDermott.
The following year saw Le Fondre prove his credentials at the very top level, netting 14 goals in 37 appearances, despite the Royals’ struggles in the Premier League that season. It was form that continued in the Sky Bet Championship last season, netting 15 goals in 40 appearances in all competitions.
In just under three years in Berkshire Adam made 110 appearances in all competitions, 51 coming as a substitute to make his scoring tally of 41 goals from 59 starts look all the more impressive.
All at Cardiff City FC welcome Adam’s arrival and thank our colleagues at Reading for their assistance in the transfer.
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