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Chris Baird to Reading

In the tradition of only signing players who play well against us it sounds like Reading will today announce the signing of Chris Baird. Royals fans may remember him best for putting Fulham 2-1 up last year at the Madejski in the thrilling 3-3 draw. It sounds like Baird's been training with QPR while they left a deal on the table, but he appears to have snubbed them in favour of us.

Obviously not the goalscorer so many have been crying out for, only finding the net 4 times in 127 matches for Fulham, but on the face of it can provide cover in central midfield, center defence, and right back. Baird played a crucial role in Fulham's Europa cup second place finish, and he's also been capped 61 times by his native Northern Ireland.

Personally I wonder how the likes of former captain Steve Sidwell, and current player Stephen Kelly - both of whom Baird played with at Fulham - influenced his move to the Madejski. Either way, any signing that QPR have been sniffing at is worth having solely to get one over Harry Redknapp - see: Wayne Bridge.

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