Sidwell agrees Blues switch

23 May 2007 07:51
Reading midfielder Steve Sidwell has agreed to join Chelsea this summer, when his contract with the Royals runs out. The 24-year-old schemer has already passed a medical at Stamford Bridge and will link up with the Blues when he becomes a free agent at the beginning of July. Sidwell was one of the stars of Reading's first season in the top-flight, scoring four goals as Steve Coppell's side finished eight in the Premier League. He had also been linked with the likes of Newcastle United and former club, Arsenal, but opted to join up with Chelsea. Royals boss Coppell had confirmed that Sidwell had decided to move on straight after the final game of the season against Blackburn Rovers. He had commented: "He's gone. I know exactly where, but I'm not allowed to say." Sidwell started his career as a trainee at Arsenal, but moved to Reading in January 2003 after failing to make a first-team impact, having been loaned out to Brentford, Beveren and Brighton & Hove Albion. At Reading Sidwell made 187 appearances, scoring 30 goals.

Source: ESA