Coppell cool on recruits

23 January 2008 02:29
Manager Steve Coppell has admitted that he is still tracking a number of transfer targets to boost his Reading squad in the January transfer window. Coppell is backing his current roster to keep the Royals clear of relegation danger, but he is ready to move if the right player becomes available. He told the club's official website: "We've got a number of targets and if someone becomes available we'll make a move. But those players are not quite as available as we'd like. "I've said before, I'd be happy to go the rest of the season with what I've got. "These players have risen to the challenge before, I'm sure they can do it again. "I think all clubs have the same agenda at the moment. Those that are in the FA Cup are concentrating on that and the teams not in the competition are trying to do their bit in the marketplace." Meanwhile Royals director of football Nicky Hammond has insisted that striker Leroy Lita will not be allowed to move on, despite being linked to former club Bristol City. "I'm sure other clubs will look at the Leroy situation and think there is an opportunity there," Hammond commented. "But the manager has said all along he needs four forwards for healthy competition and there is hardly anyone we want to lose in the transfer window."

Source: ESA