News today that Reading boss Steve Coppell is expecting Nicky Shorey to leave and join a Premier League team next week, after receiving a new bid for the defender.
Nicky Shorey – a Premier Club has bid for player
Reading were relegated to the Championship on the last day of last season, and have today said that an offer has been received (and rejected) for the twice-capped English International.
But Coppell fully expects that club to come back with an improved offer, and Coppel seems willing to let Shorey move on, if a suitable offer is finally received.
The question of course, is that Premier Club Newcastle United?
A bid of Â£4M from West Ham was rejected out of hand last summer, but the player has continued to be linked with West Ham, Portsmouth, Newcastle and Aston Villa, who all seem to be after a left-back.
Coppell said today:
“To be fair to Nicky Shorey, he has made it clear from this time last year that he would prefer to leave and ply his trade elsewhere.”
“We as a club have an asset and it is a delicate balancing act between trying to satisfy the demands of the player and also trying to satisfy the demands of the football club.”
“We had a good talk yesterday, there was a little bit of interest last week and the chances are he will be gone by next week. I am 60-40 convinced that he will be gone.”
The left-back is in the final year of his current contract at Reading, so it leaves the Reading club in a poor bargaining position, whether they say so or not.
That’s simply because in a short 12 months, if Nicky wanted to, he could leave Reading for nothing and work a good deal for himself in the process – and there’s nothing the club could do about it.
So in that sense any money they can get for him now would be money in the bank.
“The offer was a firm one but we have no need to sell anyone and I’m not going to give anyone away,”
“It has to be a realistic bid in terms of market valuation, and bear in mind that 12 months ago he was coming off the back of playing two games for England against Brazil and Germany.
“I don’t feel disposed to let him go for nothing. I appreciate it is a year on from that particular moment, but as yet the valuation is not what we find acceptable.”
Coppell did not want to comment further on how close the secret bid was to their own valuation of Shorey, and Steve added:
“Two bob is miles away as far as I am concerned. If it is not meeting the valuation then it is a long way away.”
“I have been fairly fair with Shorey and he accepts the situation so clarity would be best for everybody.”
“We are in that ridiculous situation that if nobody comes in for him then he will still be here.”
“I would dearly love him to be playing for us as he is a significant player for us.”
“So there are about three balls up in the air for us and it is unsatisfactory for him, for us and for everybody.”
Shorey took no part in his side’s 1-1 friendly draw with Villa at the Madejski Stadium, and seems to be being wrapped in cotton wool, since it looks likeRreading think a deal is imminent, with this unnamed Premier club.
Could this be Newcastle?
We’ll have to wait and see, but if we can get the player for around Â£3M we think it could be a good deal – let us know what you think in our latest poll.
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