Date:Thursday August 30 2007
Reading had rejected what was believed to have been a £5million bid from West Ham this week for Nicky Shorey, but Steve Coppell has revealed that the amount was £4million, something that he calls a "derisory" offer.
West Ham have been chasing the England international all summer, but have so far seen their efforts knocked back. Although Coppell doesn't want to sell Shorey, if they want him the will have to offer significantly more than they have.
"I can't deny West Ham have made an offer, but I look at the price of players and I consider the offer they made as derisory, not serious," Coppell told Reading World.
"It's an offer made to put the whole issue in the public domain, an invitation to cause unrest in a way."
Shorey still has two years left on his contract, so although he has so far refused to sign a new contract there is no immediate pressure to sell him. Coppell believes he is happy with Reading anyway, so he hopes to still have him at Reading when they face West Ham this Saturday.
Join Vital Reading
Message Board To visit the message board, click here.
Get involved Join Vital Reading today so you can have your say on the season, and how it unfolds!
IMPORTANT DATES: League and Cup (Thursday May 23 2013)
Transfer Targets: Potential summer signings - P1 (Thursday May 23 2013)
Pearce says keeper still has chance at lower level (Thursday May 23 2013)
Former captain sings praises of keeper (Wednesday May 22 2013)
Bookie watch: Alfie's next club (Wednesday May 22 2013)
QPR linked with Royals winger - again! (Wednesday May 22 2013)
Adkins on summer recruitment (Tuesday May 21 2013)
International call-ups: Cummings selected (Tuesday May 21 2013)
Hunt thanks fans following departure (Tuesday May 21 2013)
Royals bow out of Premier League with defeat (Monday May 20 2013)
|15. Aston Villa||38||10||11||17||-22||41|
|Wigan Athletic - 12th Man - Season End
» Wigan : 24/05/2013 09:49:00
|Looking Towards the Bundesliga
» Chelsea : 24/05/2013 09:45:00
|Ferdinand Pens One-Year Deal
» Man Utd : 24/05/2013 09:43:00
|United Miss Out on Begovic
» Man Utd : 24/05/2013 09:42:00
|Schwarzer Urged to Stay
» Fulham : 24/05/2013 09:40:00
|Hammers Chasing Douglas
» West Ham : 24/05/2013 09:38:00
|Cole MLS Bound?
» West Ham : 24/05/2013 09:37:00