Pardew Hoping To Sign Edworthy

Last updated : 31 July 2003 By Rob Cooper
Reading fans were yesterday taken aback by the news that former Wolves man Marc Edworthy was brought in on trial. However, Reading boss Alan Pardew shows no sign of letting up with the surprises, revealing he wants to sign the versatile defender on a permanent deal.

Edworthy, who had a trial at Stoke earlier in the summer, is available on a free transfer as he was released by Wolves when his contract expired at the end of June.

The veteran defender featured in last night's reserve team pre-season friendly against Didcot Town and did enough to impress upon Pards.

The Reading manager revealed that, depending on the outcome on bids for other defenders, he would like to bring Edworthy in on a permanent basis.

"You could see tonight that Marc hasn't played three hundred-odd games for nothing," Pardew told the official site.

"I'd like to get him, but I have to make sure I've got enough room to bring him in. I feel I've got to get a couple in first really, but I'd like to bring him here because he's got a good attitude and a good appetite to the game."

Reading MAD are relieved to see that Alan Pardew has got another defender lined up as the club's current compliment of centre-backs is hardly sufficient in depth if we are to challenge for a place in the Premiership.

We firmly believe that Edworthy would be a quality signing, and are surprised that no other club have signed him thus far. However we are curious to find out more about the 'other' players Pardew has lined up.

It is clear from what Pards has said that he has a limited amount of funds left to invest. It is also obvious that he has several potential signings in the pipeline. Whilst we can only speculate as to who the other players may be; Reading MAD firmly believe that Brighton's Danny Cullip is one of the players being targeted. The Royals are said to have been in secret negotiations with Cullip and Brighton & Hove Albion since June.