January Transfer News: Reading Capture Sporting Lisbon Captain

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 1, 2013

TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 23: Daniel Carrico #3 of Sporting Clube De Portugal lines up before the game against Juventus FC before their World Football Challenge friendly match on July 23, 2011 at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Reading became the first EPL club to officially announce a signing in the January transfer window on Monday night with the capture of Sporting Lisbon defender Daniel Carrico.

Sky Sports News confirmed the signing on Monday night with this tweet. 

Reading confirm deal to sign Sporting Lisbon’s Daniel Carrico #ssn

— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) December 31, 2012


Moments after the news was broken by Sky, the club's official website released a statement on the capture of Carrico. 

According to the club's official statement, Carrico's primary position is center-back, but he can also play in the midfield. 

Carrico spent most of his youth in the Sporting Lisbon academy before he turned professional in 2007. 

The 24-year-old worked his way up through the ranks of the Portuguese club and earned the role of club captain at the beginning of the 2010-11 season. 

Even though he was the captain of the club, Carrico only played twice this season for Sporting Lisbon due to contractual problems. 

At Reading, Carrico will be relied on to help solve the defensive problems that the Royals have had all season long. 

Currently, the Royals are tied for second in the goals allowed category with 37; only Aston Villa has allowed more goals with 39. 

Carrico will most likely compete with Kaspars Gorkss and Adrian Mariappa for playing time at the center-back position as the Royals look to survive their first season in the EPL since the 2007-08 season.

For more EPL transfer updates throughout January, stay tuned to Bleacher Report and follow me on Twitter, @JTansey90.