Reading manager Nigel Adkins has continued his early summer recruitment drive with the capture of American international Danny Williams from Bundlesliga outfit TSG Hoffenheim for an undisclosed fee.
Williams, 24, a defensive midfielder who was born and raised in Germany but qualifies for the USA through dual citizenship, becomes the third new arrival at the Madejski Stadium this month following the signings of Wayne Bridge and former Real Madrid wideman Royston Drenthe.
Williams joined his hometown club Karlsruhe as a youngster but began his professional career with SC Freiburg, where he went on to score one goal in 14 league appearances.
He moved to Hoffenheim in August 2011, representing the club on 45 occasions during two seasons at the Carl-Benz-Stadion.
Despite representing his native Germany at youth level, Williams' arrival at Hoffenheim prompted USA boss Jurgen Klinsmann to ensure that the player pledged his international allegiance to his father's homeland.
After doing just that, Williams was handed his debut in a friendly against Honduras in October 2011. He has since made 11 more appearances for his adopted nation and hopes to be a part of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Following the announcement of the transfer, Williams told Reading's official website: "I am very excited to be here, I am really looking forward to the season and to try to get the club back to the Premier League.
"I spoke to the manager yesterday when I did my medicine check and he is a really great, nice guy. I'm looking forward to working with him, everything is perfect here."
Williams also admitted that he sought the advice of former Hoffenheim teammate Gyfli Sigurdsson before agreeing to move to Berkshire.
Attacking midfielder Sigurdsson, now plying his trade in the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur, is unquestionably the most successful product of Reading's youth academy and remains a firm fans favourite.
He added: "I spoke to Gylfi also because he is a good friend from Hoffenheim and a hero here!
"I would like to say to the Reading fans I will give 100% every game, I am proud to wear this jersey and will do everything to help this team back to the Premier League."
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