LUTON SET TO MAKE MORGAN MOVE
July 19, 2005
The Reading striker has one more year on his current deal but is not part of manager's Steve Coppell's plans this season following the signings of Leroy Lita and Kevin Doyle and has been told he is free to find another club.
The Hatters, won the League One Championship last term, are understood to be keen to land the 21-year-old on a free transfer and a deal could be finalised this week.Morgan told Times Sport: "I know they're interested in me but nothing is concrete. I have a family so I need to do what's best for them.I'm still a Reading player at the moment, but I have been given the impression by the manager I am down the pecking order and whatever I do won't change anything. I would rather go and play first team football somewhere else if that's the case - but I'm keeping an open mind.Morgan made a total of 35 appearances for the Royals and has scored three goals since being released by Colchester United last year.He arrived at the Madejski Stadium on trail and proved himself with some stunning displays for the Reserves which earned him a two-year deal.
But Morgan has struggled to become a first team regular and Coppell is ready to release the young forward despite his name being down to travel to Sweden with the rest of the team for tomorrow night's game at non-league Eneryda. The Royals face Holmalunds IF on Saturday and Ljungfkile SK next Tuesday.Reading are still chasing a new centre-back, but it is unlikely Coppell will sign anyone this week and he played down the club's
interest in Birmingham's Martin Taylor and Leeds' Matthew Kilgallon.He said: "They are names we have looked at but they are just a couple from 200."Meanwhile Bristol City boss Brian Tinnion took a swipe at Reading by claiming that new signing Leroy Lita could have joined a bigger club.Royals smashed their record transfer fee last Thursday by clinching the signing of the highly-rated striker for £1million.The 20-year-old scored 29 goals for City last season as they just missed out on the League One play-offs.
"I think he could have done better than Reading if he had bided his time - and I told him that.
"If he scored goals for us in the coming season I believe a Premiership club would have come come in for him.I did my best to convince him his future would be bright here.When I spoke to him and said he had agreed terms, my reaction was to hop he failed his medical and then he would be back with us."Lita admitted he was disappointed not to have scored on his debut in Reading's shock 2-1 defeat in a pre-season friendly to Farnborough Town at Cherrywood Road last Saturday.
The £1million record signing had one great chance in the second half but could not get his career in a Royals' shirt off to a dream start.Lita said: "It was nice. I enjoyed the game but I'm disappointed that I didn't score. Pre-season is all about fitness, though.My goal record pre-season isn't great, but I would have liked to have scored. It was nice to put on a Reading shirt and the fans gave me a really good reception."Glen Little, who scored Reading's first half goal against Farnborough, is hoping it can open the floodgates after failing to score at all last season.He said: "It's nice to get one. Hopefully it will kick on into the league. I didn't score at all last year, so obviously that's the aim this season. It was a bit strange, but if you can get that bit of luck then hopefully the goals will follow."But Royals boss Coppell slammed his side's second-half display that allowed Warren Mcbean and Ben Abbey to give the Nationwide Conference South side a 2-1 win.
Coppell put out a strong side that was only missing Marcus Hahnemann, who was on international duty with the USA and Nick Shorey and Steve Sidwell, both suffering from injuries though they will be travelling to Sweden today.
Coppell, who had watched his side beat Staines Town 6-3 and Didcot Town 7-0 in the opening two friendlies of the summer last week, said: "This was a great opportunity for some of the lads to step up to the plate. They didn't do that today and we have to work on that. They need to get better if they're required during the season.
"We have got to look at the youngsters. There has been so much investment in the youth set-up. They will get their chances, but if they don't accept them, I will have to look for alternatives."And Coppell poured cold water on the speculation linking Andy Hughes with a move to Norwich City following their failed bid of £200,000, "The position hasn't changed," he said."Norwich made an offer and we turned it down. I'm a big fan of Andy. We're looking to agree a new deal with him.
"But if he decides he wants to go elsewhere, then I will have to live with that."