Chelsea forward Lucas Piazon signs with Reading on season-long loan

Reading have signed Chelsea forward Lucas Piazon on a season-long loan.

The 21-year-old Brazilian, who has played three times for the Blues, will spend the entire 2015-16 campaign at the Royals, who fought off stern competition for his signature.

Boss Steve Clarke told the club's website: "Lucas is a very talented attacking player who can create chances and score goals.

"When we spoke I was impressed by both his maturity and desire to prove himself in English football after some loan moves to European leagues. I'm sure Lucas will bring something extra to our squad this season."

Chief executive Nigel Howe added: "We are excited to welcome Lucas to Madejski Stadium. He is a player with real talent and under Steve's management and the club's guidance we are sure he can flourish over the next 12 months.

"We are very pleased to have completed this deal, and as I speak, one can never be certain but we remain active in the transfer market."

Piazon has spent time on loan at Malaga, Vitesse Arnhem and Frankfurt following his arrival at Stamford Bridge from Sao Paulo in 2012.

Chelsea also announced on Monday night that 18-year-old academy player Jeremie Boga had joined Rennes on a season-long loan.