Reading FC sign Blackburn's Zurab Khizanishvili on loan
By Matthew Sadler http://www.getreading.co.uk/sport/footb ... li_on_loan
January 25, 2010
Georgia international defender Zurab Khizanishvili has joined Reading on loan until the end of the season.
The 28-year-old has fallen out of favour at Premier League side Blackburn Rovers and spent the first three months of this campaign on loan at Championship leaders Newcastle United, making seven appearances.
Khizanishvili, who has represented his country 55 times, is equally adept at playing centre back or right back and can also operate as a holding midfielder.
The former Rangers and Dundee defender will go straight into the squad for tomorrow's trip to Sheffield United (7.45pm kick-off) and has been give the number 44 shirt.
Director of football Nick Hammond said: "We are very pleased to add Zurab to our squad and this is another signing that will add very good experience.
"He can play centre half, full back or as a holding midfielder so he also brings excellent versatility and I am sure he will prove to be a good addition."
He trained with his new teammates for the first time this morning. Khizanishvili began his career with three clubs in Tblisi, Dinamo, Norch and Lokomotiv before attracting the attention of Dundee, who signed him in 2001.
His form at Dens Park earned him a move to Rangers where he played in both the Champions League and UEFA Cup.
After three years at Ibrox Mark Hughes paid Â£500,000 to take him to Blackburn. He has spent a loan spell at Newcastle this season, as well as playing for Rovers in both the Carling Cup and FA Cup.
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