Coppell plans to keep Hunt
Steve Coppell understands why clubs are chasing Stephen Hunt, but is determined to keep the midfielder.
Last Updated: 28/12/07 4:53am
Steve Coppell understands why other clubs are chasing Stephen Hunt, but is determined to keep the midfielder at Reading.
The Republic of Ireland international has been linked with a £3million January switch to either Everton or Sunderland.
But Royals boss Coppell is not looking to offload Hunt and has praised his ability to adapt to playing on the right of midfield in recent games.
"There's an awful lot of rubbish at this time of year," said Coppell in the Reading Chronicle. "Every morning there are half-a-dozen people I'm told we're signing.
"I must admit I can understand quite a few people wanting him. He's been terrific this year, a real bundle of energy. And not just energy, but top skill.
"He's been playing out on the right and good players can play anywhere."
One game at a time
Hunt, who joined Reading from Brentford in 2005, is not concerned by the speculation and is focused on the club's next game against Tottenham on Saturday.
"It's what the gaffer says that's important really," said Hunt. "You are playing for your manager and you're playing for Reading. That's all that counts.
"I'm looking at one game at a time and to get to January 1 and to play as many games and as well as I can, then kick on in the New Year.
"I've played in every league game in 2007, so touch wood I'll keep it going."