Loads Of Transfer Activity At The Mad Stad...

By Rob Cooper
Last updated : 13 November 2003
Royals boss Coppell, who stated that he would make very few changes to the Reading squad when he entered his new office a month ago, is currently the centre of much transfer activity.

Morgan In On Trial

With so much transfer dealing taking place we thought we would bring you our transfer round-up.

Yesterday, the Royals took 20-year-old ex-Colchester United winger Dean Morgan on trial to see if he can fill the void that Nathan Tyson will leave with his inevitable departure.

Morgan, despite his tender years, has amassed a whopping seventy-eight appearances but injury prevented him from playing any football last year. The fall-out with Reading legend Phil Parkinson, now in charge at Colchester, spelt the end of his career with the Layer Road side.

Chief Scout Brian McDermott told the official site: "The gaffer is just having a look at him."

Keeper Sent Out On Loan

Meanwhile, reserve team goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown has signed for Rushden & Diamonds on a one-month loan. The shotstopper, who turns twenty-three at the end of the month, is in the last year of his contract with Reading.

The former Bournemouth loanee, who has failed to make an impact at the Madejski Stadium, should make his debut for the Diamonds at Hartlepool on Saturday. In the meantime, hot young goalkeeping prospect Jamie Young will sit on the bench covering for Hahnemann.

Kevin Watson
Watson to sign for Watford?
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Transfer listed midfielder Kevin Watson could soon be on his way to Watford. The midfield ace was earlier this week made available for sale after he had discussions with boss Steve Coppell.

Yet Kev, who has put in some good performances when introduced into the Reading line-up, has unsurprisingly being catching the attentions of rival clubs. The Hornets have been in contact and a deal, which will be worth a lot less than the reported £200,000, could be completed shortly.

Striker Set To Sign?

Finally, despite suggesting otherwise, Coppell could be set to add to his squad very shortly. Several news sources are reporting that the Royals could sign another striker within the next few days. Whilst the identity of any new player is unknown, there is a good chance that the player will be a youngster and brought in on a short-term loan deal.

The new striker, if he arrives, will compete with Nicky Forster, Shaun Goater, Bas Savage and Darius Henderson for a first team role. Bobby Zamora, Sam Parkin and Dave Kitson have all been linked.

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