Carroll signed a short-term deal with Reading by the former England striker

Carroll signed a short-term deal with Reading by the former England striker ...

- Former free agent Andy Carroll signed short-term deal with Reading, the second-tier club announced on Monday.

Carroll has been a free agent since being released by Newcastle United at the end of last season and has been able to make his Reading debut on Saturday after going host Nottingham Forest.

Reading lost centre forward Lucas Joao to a hip injury in August, but the Portuguese, who scored 22 goals last season, not expected to return until the new year.

In a statement, Reading manager Veljko Paunovic said this is a deal that we've been working on for a long time. "We are confident it's a right move both for player and club," he said in a statement.

"Andy wants a new challenge in his career and he needs a player with his wealth of experience and quality in the game."

Reading, 16th in the standings, are under a transfer embargo, not to mention the breach of its profitability and sustainability rules, leaving the club to seek out loan and free transfers.

Carroll was once the most expensive British football player when Liverpool secured his services for 35 million pounds in 2011 after a successful first spell in Newcastle but failed to win at Anfield.

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