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Harper on the Brink

Vital Reading understands that Royals midfielder James Harper is on the brink of returning to the Premier League.

After various reports linking him to West Ham, it appears that the former Arsenal trainee will be heading a lot further than east London, to the barbaric, barren wasteland that is Middlesbrough.

Harper joined the Royals in 2001 for a fee of around 400,000 and has played in three different divisions for the Royals. However, after making 275 appearances for the Royals, it appears that Harper has decided to move on.

Middlesbrough have reportedly offered 3.5 million for the midfielder, and with Harper eager to return to the Premier League and the Royals looking to re-build for the new season, the deal could be completed by the end of the week.

Although Harper will be a big loss to the Royals, it seems that the move could be beneficial for both parties and now is probably the right time for the former Reading player of the year to move on.

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The Journalist

Writer: Chris Kitley Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 25 2008

Time: 10:35AM

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25/06/2008 13:43:00

You sure? It's a long way, not to mention all the inbreeding that (allegedly) goes on up there...
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25/06/2008 13:48:00

No wonder you dont get many on this board!
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26/06/2008 10:31:00

Shut up marron, no one asked you. We like to keep ourselves to ourselves...
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26/06/2008 11:12:00

I bet you do! Hence why there are only 3 members, like i said its no wonder there is hardly anyone on this board.
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26/06/2008 12:10:00

The real reason is that most Reading fans are computer illiterate. WHo do you support anyway marron? And why are you tormenting us?
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26/06/2008 12:36:00

I wouldnt be too disapointed to see him go, as long as we get a good solid midfielder to play with marek.
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26/06/2008 14:11:00

With the parachute payment for going down and all the players you look like selling. why haven't you yet invested much money to strengthen the squad?
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29/06/2008 19:14:00


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