Coppell expects Shorey exit

Reading boss predicts defender will leave in coming days

Shorey: Reading exit likely

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Reading manager Steve Coppell expects left-back Nicky Shorey to secure a transfer back to the Premier League in the coming days.

Shorey has been strongly linked with a return to England's top flight this summer following the Royals' relegation to the Championship.

West Ham United have previously been linked with the defender, but Portsmouth and Aston Villa appear to be the current frontrunners to land his signature.

And Coppell has confirmed that interest is growing in the England international, although Reading have yet to accept a bid.

He said: "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.

Demands

"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 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."