The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Pippa Field

READ­ING boss Steve Clarke has raided the Pre­mier League to aid the Roy­als’ Cham­pi­onship run-in.

The for­mer Chelsea as­sis­tant has bor­rowed Blues young­ster Nathan Ake for an ini­tial month, while Crys­tal Palace striker Kwesi Ap­piah has joined on loan for the re­main­der of the sea­son.

Ap­piah, 24, has been on loan at Cam­bridge United this term, scor­ing eight goals for the League Two side, and Clarke is de­lighted with his cap­ture.

“When I looked at our bench dur­ing the game at Charl­ton, it was ob­vi­ous that with­out Simon Cox and Yakubu we were light on at­tack­ing op­tions,” Clarke said.

“Kwesi is a striker with dif­fer­ent at­tributes to those al­ready at the club. He hasn’t had too many op­por­tu­ni­ties since re­turn­ing to Palace af­ter a suc­cess­ful African Cup of Na­tions tour­na­ment with Ghana and we are hope­ful that he will en­hance his grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion while help­ing us to fin­ish the sea­son pos­i­tively.”

On the sign­ing of 20-yearold de­fender Ake, the Roy­als manager added:“He has been a fix­ture in Chelsea’s first team squad this sea­son and we are grate­ful that they have al­lowed him to join us.”

DIF­FER­ENT: Kwesi Ap­piah

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