Howard: I was close to Saints switch

21 March 2011 01:30
Reading midfielder Brian Howard has confirmed he was close to joining hometown club Southampton on loan at the weekend. Howard was back in the Royals' starting line-up on Saturday in a win at his former club Barnsley and revealed afterwards that the Saints had been in contact. He said: "There was an interest in taking me. "The manager knows me and he knows that I want to play football but he said he was happy with my performances and I was unlucky not to be in the team. "He didn't want to let me go but said to me that if I really wanted to go I could. "But I said if I was going to be involved I was happy to stay and as far as I am concerned I am a Reading player."

Source: PA