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Rovers complete Akpan signing

11 August 2015

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Rovers are delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Hope Akpan.

The 23-year-old becomes Rovers' sixth arrival of the summer, joining on a permanent deal from fellow Championship side Reading, putting pen-to-paper on a two-year deal.

A product of Everton's youth system, Akpan made his debut for the Merseyside club in the Europa League in 2009, before spending time on loan at Hull City the following season.

In search of regular first team football, the six-footer joined Crawley Town in June 2011, playing a pivotal role as the Red Devils clinched promotion from League Two.

A strong start to the following season saw the dynamic midfielder earn a move to the Premier League, joining Reading on a three-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

A regular for the Royals for the past three years, Akpan also has honours on the international stage having represented Nigeria.

The new arrival hasn't been signed in time for this evening's Capital One Cup first round match with Shrewsbury, but could make his debut for Rovers away at Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

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