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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 May 2007, 17:49 GMT 18:49 UK
Sidwell agrees switch to Chelsea
Steve Sidwell
Sidwell has been a key player for Reading this season
Reading midfielder Steve Sidwell has agreed to join Chelsea on a free transfer after his Royals contract expires on 1 July.

As well as Chelsea, the 24-year-old Sidwell had also been linked with moves to Manchester United or Newcastle.

Sidwell will be Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's first signing of the summer.

Sidwell, who reportedly rejected an offer of a new four-year deal worth 25,000 a week, has been a key player for the Royals this season.

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Last season Sidwell scored four times in 35 Premiership matches.

Chelsea said Sidwell had passed a medical but gave no details about the length of his contract.



SEE ALSO
Sidwell's Reading exit confirmed
13 May 07 |  Reading
Coppell expects Sidwell to leave
12 Apr 07 |  Reading


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