Pards: The Boy's A Bit Special

Last updated : 12 August 2003 By Rob Cooper
Twenty-four hours ago no-one had heard of Omar Daley, but very soon his name could be the one on everyone's lips if he fulfills his potential at Reading, according to Pardew.

The Royals yesterday signed the Jamacian international on a one-year loan deal from his side Portmore United. The deal could yet fall through however, if a request for a work permit is unsuccessful.

Football manager's always take a risk when introducing foreigners to the UK, just ask Sir Alex Ferguson about Juan Sebastian Veron, but Alan Pardew believes he has got a very talented player in Omar Daley.

"Omar can add something a bit special to the line-up," said Pardew, speaking to

"He's got that technical ability to make things happen and obviously you need all the physical and mental attributes. We can help him here and if he's got those attributes on top of his technical ability then he might not be with us for long!

"We're taking a bit of a gamble on Omar but it's an educated gamble. We know a lot about him and he's a prospect."

The 22-year-old, who is renound for his technical ability and his eye for goal, trained with Reading for the first time today. At the end of the day's session, Pards was certainly impressed with what the young starlet had to offer.

"He trained very, very well today and I have to say it was one of the best first days for a new player that I can remember. As soon as the work permit comes through he'll push for a first team place," he admitted.

The Home Office will process Omar's application for a work permit within the next ten days. Despite having previously failed to receive permission to work in this country when Charlton were after him a year ago, Omar is confident that his request will be successful this time around.

If Omar Daley's time at Reading is successful the deal could be made permanent.

Pardew added: "We're hoping that he adds to our team. Depending on what the situation is we could make it permanent at the end of the season."

Meanwhile, Alan Pardew is reportedly set to sign another player, almost certainly a defender, before the end of the week. If a deal goes through, it will be the club's fourth summer signing.

Pards recently attended an unknown Champions League Second Round qualifying tie to watch the player in question. It is believed that the player in question is Swedish. Markus Karlsson and Richard Henriksson are two such players that fit the bill and have recently been linked with a move to the Madejski.