Coppell will bring in new right wingerBy Nick Ive
June 24, 2008
Reading are looking to sign a new right winger following the departure of Glen Little.
Royals decided not to offer John Oster a new contract and lost Little to Premier League
Portsmouth on Friday.
Although they still have Jimmy Kebe, a £400,000 January signing from Lens, and exciting
prospect James Henry to call upon, director of football Nick Hammond says the club may look
to bring in a replacement.
Hammond told the Evening Post: “We won’t change our mind on John (Oster) (and offer him a
contract). He served us well, but it’s time for him to move on.
“We knew Glen was out of contract and free to talk to clubs when we made the decision to
“We have had two wide players leave the squad so the chances are we will look to bring
another one in.
“Jimmy Kebe can play on both sides of the pitch. He played a lot of football at Lens and
Boulogne on the left-hand side, so playing on the right is a slightly new experience for
“James Henry has done exceptionally well playing for England Under-19s, but we also have
thoughts on potential players to come to the club.”
Coppell admits he’s disappointed to lose Little.
Royals’ boss said: “Am I happy about it? No, not 100 per cent, but I fully understand where
he’s coming from.
“The timing of it is a shame because I almost felt he owed us after missing 15 months with
injury. I just had a feeling he would come back and play for us.
“There are still no guarantees he will play games. I don’t wish that on him, but
realistically with the wealth of talent they (Pompey) have and the talent they will bring
in to be competitive, he could find it hard.
“We thought a deal was done, but there is no point moaning about it now. We have got to get
on with it and one door closing is another door opening for someone else.”