Reading have signed Northern Ireland international Chris Baird on a free transfer.

The 31-year-old former Fulham man, who plays in midfield and defence, has signed a deal until January will go straight into the squad for their clash away at Derby on Saturday.

"I had a great chat with him (manager Nigel Adkins) I like what he's trying to do with the club and I want to be part of it," he told the club's official website.

"He's been great to me so far and I look forward to working under him.

"It feels fantastic. I wasn't going to just jump into any silly offers, but this was the right one for me.

"The training ground is perfect, I live locally and it's all good - I'm really looking forward to the game on Saturday."

Baird has more than eight years of Premier League experience and more than 60 international caps.