UK time is: 15:02:52
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Hammond Confident Of Harper Deal

Reading director of football Nicky Hammond has expressed his confidence that midfielder James Harper will soon be putting pen to paper on a new contract.

Harper has been linked with a move to Charlton Athletic as well as Dutch side Feyenoord when his current contract runs out in the summer.

But many Royals fans cannot see why a move would be beneficial to the player when in all probability he will be playing football in the Premiership with Reading if he was to stay.

The 25 year old has been an ever present in the Royals league games this season and has been a very influential member of the side.

He said: 'We've been speaking with James' representatives this week and I'm confident. It's been going on for some time now but we are hopeful of bringing discussions to a conclusion soon.

'James has been with us for several years, he's a vital part of what we are trying to build here and it's important to everyone associated with this football club that we try to keep players such as James.

'It's taken a bit of time but these things are not sorted overnight these days. He's a consummate professional and his focus has been elsewhere recently with the games against Southampton and Sheffield United, but by the end of next week I'm very hopeful that it will be at it's conclusion.'




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer:  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 17 2006

Time: 3:33PM

Your Comments

The only reason it is taking so long is the player wants a premiership deal, not a championship one
DP
Steve Coppell popped his head back round the press-room door last night to ask for the code to open the exit door. The Reading manager may not know his way out of Bramall Lane, but he has the key to the Barclays Premiership after this result.
DP
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Reading Articles

Deadline day round up: One in, one out (Tuesday September 2 2014)

Deadline day rumour update (Monday September 1 2014)

Club to be 'active' on deadline day (Monday September 1 2014)

Stats: Middlesbrough v Reading (Sunday August 31 2014)

Middlesbrough 0 - 1 Reading (Saturday August 30 2014)

Key man watch: Albert Adomah (Saturday August 30 2014)

Middlesbrough (A) Match Preview (Friday August 29 2014)

The Opposition View - Middlesbrough (Friday August 29 2014)

Archived Reading Articles

List All Vital Reading Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Forest 4 - 0 Reading
Reading 1 - 2 Huddersfield
Reading 1 - 0 Ipswich
Wigan 2 - 2 Reading
Middlesbrough 0 - 1 Reading

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
12. Wigan 5 2 1 2 3 7
13. Brighton 5 2 1 2 1 7
14. Blackburn 5 2 1 2 -2 7
15. Reading 5 2 1 2 -3 7
16. Middlesbrough 5 2 0 3 0 6
17. Rotherham 5 2 0 3 -3 6
18. Leeds Utd 5 2 0 3 -5 6

Breaking League News

Spurs v Forest Capital One Cup News.
Forest : 02/09/2014 14:52:00
Darren Bent Major Rumours.
Charlton : 02/09/2014 13:21:00
James McArthur Latics Man Of The Match v Brum
Wigan : 02/09/2014 13:15:00
Highlights: Swansea U21s 3-2 Blues U21s
Birmingham : 02/09/2014 12:54:00
Deadline day round up: One in, one out
Reading : 02/09/2014 10:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

What area do we need to strengthen most?
Suggested By:  Josh
Goalkeeper 10%
Defence 16%
Midfield 10%
Attack 64%