Coppell reveals Royals target
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 21-year-old had been a dominating presence in the heart of Wimbledon's backline this season, before becoming Iain Dowie's first signing at Selhurst Park earlier this month.
Coppell has been told by the Royals board that there is money available to strengthen the team and the former Palace boss admits Leigertwood would have been an ideal acquisition.
''We just missed out on Mikele,'' Coppell told the club's official website. ''He's a young centre half and he could have been invaluable to our squad.
''He can also play in the full back positions, but we were pipped at the post.
''I think everyone acknowledges his talent and the fact that Iain Dowie has bought him proves that he's good.
''So now we turn the page again, and keep on looking.''