Reading take Irish-Nigerian winger on trial with a view to a transfer 

Published: July 22, 2023
Reading take Irish-Nigerian winger on trial with a view to a transfer 

EFL League One club Reading have taken former Republic of Ireland youth teamer of Nigerian descent Olamide Shodipo on trial with a view to a transfer this summer. 


Shodipo was most recently at Queens Park Rangers and was among the four Nigeria-eligible players released by the London-based team at the end of last month, the others being Leon Balogun, Luke Amos and Ody Alfa. 


Reading boss Rubén Sellés has been running the rule over Shodipo in pre-season before making a decision on whether or not he deserves a contract.


The Irish-Nigerian player came off the bench at halftime as the Royals were beaten 4-2 by Southampton in a friendly game at the Select Car Leasing Stadium  on Saturday afternoon.


Other Super Eagles-eligible players on parade were Joe Aribo and Nathan Tella for the Saints, Nelson Abbey, Femi Azeez and Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan for the home team. 


2019 Golden Eaglets invitee Adrian Akande earned a first team call-up but was a non-playing substitute for Reading. 


After Aribo converted from close range to make it 4-1, Shodipo pulled one back when he squeezed the ball under the Southampton goalkeeper. 


Shodipo spent time on loan at Port Vale, Colchester United,  Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday and Lincoln City during his time at Queens Park Rangers.


Overall, the 26-year-old has logged 80 appearances for four different clubs in the League One, scoring thirteen goals in addition to four assists. 



Ifeanyi Emmanuel 



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