Reading Women sign international pair

Amalie Eikelad in front of Reading FC Crest
Amalie Eikelad. (Photo: ReadingFCWomen)

Reading have signed Norway’s Amalie Eikeland from IL Sandviken and Dutch youth international Maxime Bennink from PEC Zwolle.

Eikeland joins the Royals during the mid-season break of Sandviken’s campaign in the Toppserien, having helped them up to third in the division.

Manager Kelly Chambers told the club’s website: “I’m excited to finally bring Amalie to Reading. It is a signing that has taken a while due to the World Cup, but she was one I was prepared to wait for. She is a very exciting and talented player who definitely strengthens our attacking threat.”

Eikeland, who joins on a two-year deal, has been capped seven times by Norway and played against England in the World Cup quarter-final.

Maxime Bennink in front of Reading FC Crest
Forward Maxime Bennink transfers from PEC Zwolle on a one-year deal. (Photo: ReadingFCWomen)

Chambers said of Bennink: “Maxime is a player that was brought to my attention and after watching her, I knew she would definitely fit in and strengthen my squad.

“She is very young, direct forward player who will give me different dimension in my front line. I am excited to get working with her.”

The Groenlo-born forward spent the last three seasons in the Eredivisie with PEC Zwolle, most recently finishing fifth in the Dutch top tier in 2018-19.

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