Shorey won't go on cheapBy Nick Ive
May 29, 2008
Nigel Howe has warned any clubs wishing to land Nicky Shorey: “You won’t get him on the cheap.”
The left-back has made it clear he wants to quit Reading.
He initially told manager Steve Coppell he wanted to be allowed to leave last summer when West Ham made their interest known.
The Hammers made a £4million bid for the 26-year-old, who was in the England squad at the time.
However, Coppell branded the offer “derisory” and told Shorey he was going nowhere until the club’s valuation, which was closer to £7million, was met.
West Ham declined to improve their offer and Shorey saw out the season at Reading.
However, Hammers boss Alan Curbishley is now pondering another move for the Romford-born star, although he could face competition from Newcastle and Aston Villa for a player who cost Reading just £25,000 when he joined from Leyton Orient in February 2001.
Reading know they will need to revise their valuation of the player following relegation.
However, chief executive Howe insisted: “I like Nicky, but I am not going to give him away. In theory he should still be a very valuable player who is in the £4million to £5million bracket.
“He hasn’t put in a transfer request but he has just made it clear he wants to go. He still has a year left on his contract and I hope for him that someone comes in for him with a sensible offer because if not then I don’t know what is likely to happen.
“But it is early days and I don’t expect us to see any action until July when everyone is back from their breaks.”
Shorey remains one of the club’s most sought-after assets, while Emerse Fae is also set to leave, having infuriated Coppell by refusing to play in the reserves and then launching a blistering attack on the manager.
As we reported last week French club Nice are interested.
Nice sporting director Roger Ricort said: “We are waiting for an answer from the player who we have been following for a long time.”
But Howe insisted no serious offers had yet been made.
He added: “You sometimes get clubs who will fly a kite with a stupid offer, but no one will steal any of our players away.
“We have a club here we have to protect.”
- Reading have been linked with a move for Man City striker Emile Mpenza.
Bolton are tipped to win the race for the Belgian, who is also wanted by Championship rivals Ipswich and Leicester City, who were relegated to League 1.