Bikey wins Reading stay
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Reading hope to complete a permanent deal for Andre Bikey in the coming days.
Reading hope to complete a permanent deal for loan defender Andre Bikey in the coming days.
The Cameroon international is expected to be handed a three-year deal at The Madejski Stadium after convincing Steve Coppell of his quality in his 20 appearances so far this season.
Reading secured an option for a permanent switch when signing Bikey on loan from Lokomotiv Moscow at the end of August, with reports suggesting the Premiership club could now be ready to part with £1.2million for the 22-year-old.
Director of football Nicky Hammond believes Bikey has the potential to develop into an important player for the Berkshire club.
"We are looking at the option of getting Andre permanently and we're trying to move discussions forward with Lokomotiv and complete a deal by the end of this week. I don't see any problems," Hammond told the Reading Evening Post.
"There is definitely potential there. Like the manager says, at times he looks magnificent and at the same time he still looks like he's got his L-plates on.
"The important thing is he is learning and improving and hopefully we can get him to become an even better player."
Reading have enjoyed an extremely successful debut season in the Premiership, and Bikey is relishing the chance to make his move to England permanent.
"I hope everything can be sorted in the next couple of weeks. I want to stay," Bikey insisted.
"I don't want to go back to Russia - not because the team isn't very good but because I am happy here and the level here is better.
"I am happy in this country and I want to stay."