Royals Expected To Confirm Ingimarsson Signing

Last updated : 23 October 2003 By Rob Cooper
Reading Football Club are all-but-certain to confirm 26-year-old Wolves bench-warmer Ivar Ingimarsson as their latest signing.

In a brief statement this morning, Reading Football Club confirmed that they will be holding a press conference at 1pm this afternoon.

Wolves yesterday confirmed that they had agreed a deal with Reading for the centre-back, worth in the region of £150,000.

Although Crystal Palace were rivals for Ingimarsson's signature it is believed that they have failed in their attempt to snatch the defender from under Coppell's nose.

In recent games it has been quite clear that Reading's defence needs strengthening, as the team have failed to keep a solitary clean sheet since August 30th, alan pardew's last game in charge.

The signing of the Molineux 'Iceman' appears to be a safe one as Ingimarsson has played under Steve Coppell before. The 26-year-old was on loan at Brighton last season as the Seagulls battled against the drop. Previously, Ivar was also playing for Coppell's side at Brentford.

The Royals are away at Sheffield United tomorrow and, assuming Ingimarsson is confirmed as a Reading player, he should make his debut. Steve Coppell is without centre-backs John Mackie, who underwent an operation on Monday, and Steve Brown who limped out of Tuesday's defeat at home to Walsall.

Welsh international Adie Williams is currently the only fully-fit centre-back at the club so it is hardly surprising that Coppell has repeatedly re-affirmed that the squad is too weak since his appointment two weeks ago.

Hopefully, next on the transfer target list will be a new goalkeeper to challenge 'Hopeless' Hahnemann and a striker to push Nicky Forster for his first team place.