Derby County striker Chris Martin has been the subject of big speculation in the January transfer window, but he now finally has a new home. The Scotland international will be remaining in the Sky Bet Championship and completing a loan move to Reading.
The 29-year-old has moved down the pecking order at Pride Park after Gary Rowett boosted the Rams’ forward line with that of Cameron Jerome from Norwich City. Many clubs were linked with Martin this month, with Sunderland seemingly front of the queue at one stage. However Jaap Stam has finally got his man, providing competition for places.
Reading got an important win over relegation rivals Burton Albion in midweek, but more points, and more goals, are needed to beat the drop. Stam says he has added a proven goalscorer to his ranks,
“In Chris Martin, we have a striker who has proven his goalscoring ability at the clubs he has played for in the past and hopefully he can give us an extra impetus going forward and score goals for us.”
Technical Director Brian Tevreden believes this acquisition is a real coup for the club, considering the amount of interest in him this month,
“There was considerable interest in Chris’ signature during this window and I am pleased that he has chosen to join us. A striker who has a fine reputation as a proven goalscorer at this level, Chris will be a valuable addition to our dressing room during the final three months of the campaign.”
Martin should make his Royals debut this weekend, when Reading entertain Millwall.