ROY­ALS TO KEEP HOLD OF COOPER

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

JAKE Cooper is ea­ger to play reg­u­lar foot­ball, but Read­ing man­ager Steve Clarke in­sists the young cen­tre-back is not avail­able for loan right now.

Re­ports this week have linked the 20-year-old with a move to Coven­try, how­ever Clarke is adamant there is noth­ing on the ta­ble.

“At this mo­ment in time, def­i­nitely not,” he said. “He wants to play and I can un­der­stand that, but at this mo­ment in time, be­cause of the sit­u­a­tion we’re in with the amount of games that we’ve got, I need him.

“If there was an op­por­tu­nity, when ev­ery­one is fit and well, to send some­one like Jake out for a month, then I would con­sider it.”

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