Coppell denies £5m Mifsud bid

The Maltese international has made a name for himself this season by knocking Man Utd out of the League Cup couple with an Old Trafford double.

Royals coach Wally Downes was in Greece to watch their 5-0 thrashing of Malta on Saturday but Coppell told the Reading Post: "He (Downes) wasn't there for a short break!

"We were looking at somebody - but it wasn't Michael Mifsud. We were aware of him in the summer when he was a free agent, so why would I pay £5m for him now?

"But we never comment on potential transfer targets."