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Reading 17:30 Leeds

Fry wants young Royal

By Simon Fudge.   Last Updated: 06/05/04 4:12pm

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Peterborough United manager Barry Fry has revealed that he will look to sign Reading midfielder Andre Boucaud in the summer.

The former Birmingham City boss is seeing if he has the funds available to give the teenage starlet a deal to join for the London Road outfit after Boucaud spent two loan spells with The Posh.

The 19-year-old is out of contract in the summer and has spoken with Fry about the possibility of a permanent switch to the Second Division club.

"Andre's a player I've always fancied. I had him for few months at Peterborough and then when Steve Coppell got the job there, he pulled him back," Fry told Reading's official website.

"Later in the season I tried to sign him, but the budget was too high and I couldn't accommodate him. I tried to do a deal before deadline day this season, but I couldn't get him.

"Now I've spoken to Andre and he's on free transfer at the end of the season.

"If I've got the money I'll definitely be making him an offer because he's a player that if he gets regular football he'll just get better and better."

Boucaud seems ready to entertain an offer from Fry, as he looks to get more regular first team football next season.

"I just want to play," Boucaud said.

"It's been up and down for me all season and if I can get an opportunity somewhere, I would take the chance and do well.

"Barry Fry believes in me and is a manager who lets me do my stuff."

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