Vital Football

Latest Reading FC News

Harper Happy to Stay

Harper Happy to Stay

Although Royals midfielder James Harper is one of the firm favourites to leave the club this summer, Royals boss Steve Coppell has insisted the 27 year-old midfielder is happy to stay at Reading.

Harper, who has a 40% sell-on clause in his contract, has been linked with a £4.5million move to either Bolton or Middlesbrough and Coppell has admitted he received a phone call from a Premier League club about the 27-year-old last week.

Despite the speculation surrounding the former Arsenal trainee, the Reading manager insists that Harper will not become disillusioned with life at the Madejski Stadium if he doesn`t seal a move away from the club.

Coppell said, 'It was in his contract that he goes on the transfer list if we got relegated.

'He`s on the transfer list - if someone meets our valuation then I`ll put it to him. But he`s quite happy to stay here and play. He`s spent a number of years at the club and, in a way, is excited about trying to get back in the Premier League.

'He just loves his football; he just wants to play week in, week out. In the Premier League I don`t think there are enough games for him: he`d like twice as many games.

'He just says 'If I`m going I`ll go, and if I`m staying I'll stay' and you`ll know you`ll get 100%. That`s perfect with me.`

Meanwhile, one person who is definitely staying at the club, is coach Wally Downes. The former Brentford manager has signed an extended one year deal with the club.

In further news, Jem Karacan and Jimmy Kebe both got on the scoresheet, as Reading continued their pre-season campaign with a 2-0 victory at Forest Green Rovers.



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

Writer:Chris Kitley
Date:Wednesday July 16 2008
Time: 11:19AM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Reading Articles

FA End Betting Sponsorship

Late yesterday afternoon, the Football Association announced the result of its three month review of their relationship with gambling companies and that association now comes to an end.

Sky Confirm TV Selection Windows For 2017/18

With the release of the EFL fixture lists on Wednesday morning, Sky Sports have released their outline giving fans an idea of when television selections will be made this season.

2017/18 Final Weekend Details

With the release of the Premier League fixtures last week and last Wednesday seeing the EFL following suit, the full details for the final weekends across...

Huddersfield Negotiating Williams Deal

Williams had been offered a new deal at the Madejski Stadium but the chance to swap Reading for Huddersfield, along with a place in the Premier League, could be too good to refuse.

Archived Vital Reading Articles

Vital Reading articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Reading
Write For Vital Reading
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

PO - Huddersfield MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Al Habsi6%
Ilori4%
Moore2%
van den Berg0%
Gunter2%
Evans2%
Williams72%
Blackett2%
Swift2%
Kermorgant6%
Grabban0%
Sub - Obita0%
Sub - McCleary0%
Sub - Kelly2%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Reading Results (view all)

Vital Football Comment