Reading FC to share African scouting duties with Galatasaray.
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New deal: Reading FC chef executive Nigel Howe, right, with Chris Samuelson standing to his left, join Galatasaray officials in Turkey.
Clubs announce 'mutual working agreement'
READING FC have tied up an agreement with Turkish giants Galatasaray which includes sharing scouting duties in Africa.
Royals this week revealed further details of a 'mutual working agreement' which could lead to the possibility of friendly matches in the future.
Under the terms, Reading's Academy staff hope to build close links with those of Galatasaray, while knowledge of the African transfer market will be shared between scouts.
The 18-time Turkish champions, who recently signed Didier Drog ba will also promote the name of Reading FC in Turkey, and vice versa.
Royals chief xxecutive Nigel Howe and Director Chris Samuelson visited Turkey this week to meet with Galatasaray president Unal Aysal, CEO Lutfi Aribogan & Sportif Koordinator Bulent Tulun to finalise the partnership.
Samuelson said: "Galatasaray are a huge club, not just in Turkey but across the world. For example the Turkish community in London is substantial, and of course we have our own links to Turkey already with Jem Karacan doing so well for us from our Academy.
"There are many aspects to this, the exchange of information at youth and first team levels, the possibility of friendly games, the list goes on. We are in the early stages right now but these are exciting times for both clubs."
Howe added: "Working together with a club the size of Galatasaray can bring great positives to us at Reading.
This article appeared in Bracknell News 27 Feb 13