The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

READ­ING boss Steve Clarke be­lieves Jake Cooper can be­come a more than suit­able re­place­ment for Michael Hec­tor – once the de­fender moves to Chelsea.

The Blues made a sur­prise sum­mer swoop for Hec­tor, though im­me­di­ately loaned him back to Read­ing in the sum­mer.

But with his fu­ture set to be at Stam­ford Bridge, Clarke does not want to risk Cooper leav­ing and has agreed a new three-year deal with the 20-year-old cen­tre-back.

“With the sale of Michael Hec­tor to Chelsea, it was very im­por­tant to se­cure Jake on a longer con­tract,” Clarke said. “I’m sure he will be a val­ued player for this club now and in the fu­ture.”

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