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The versatile Wales international has signed to become the newly-promoted side's sixth signing of the summer as they look to bolster their ranks ahead of the Premier League season

Reading have completed the signing of Chris Gunter from Nottingham Forest for an undisclosed fee, the 22-year-old signing a three-year contract at the Royals with the option for a fourth.

The full-back becomes the club’s sixth signing since clinching promotion to the Premier League last season, following Garath McCleary, Danny Guthrie, Nicky Shorey, Pavel Pogrebnyak and Adrian Mariappa.

The Wales international spoke of how welcome he has been made to feel by many people at the club since he signed on the dotted line, adding that, if the team keep their current spirit, they will go far.

Gunter told the club's official website: "Having spoken to the manager, [director of football] Nick Hammond and now the chairman today, everyone has made me feel really welcome and I'm really looking forward to this opportunity.

"If you form a team spirit, a togetherness, you'll always do well in football - and if you work hard you'll get your rewards.

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"Reading have certainly done that in the last few years. Hopefully that can carry on.

"Right now, I need to focus on impressing everyone at this club and I'm really excited to get going."

Gunter’s new manager, Brian McDermott, was also thrilled, hailing the former Tottenham man’s experience despite his relatively young age.

"I'm absolutely delighted that Chris has signed," the Royals boss enthused. "He was very, very keen to come to us and is another player who is young and very hungry.

"He's already played more than 200 games at club level, plus another 37 for his country, which is phenomenal for someone so young.

"Chris already knows our club well, he is very close to Garath McCleary, knows our Welsh players and I also know he met many of our squad over the summer too.

"With all the players we have brought in this summer they will improve and get better, and the most important thing is their hunger and desire.

"With all the business we've done this summer we think we've improved the quality in the squad considerably."