The Madejski Stadium

Next Game

Reading v Sheff Wed

Saturday, 31 January 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

The Den

Last Game

Millwall 0 - 0 Reading

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 19:45

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Barker plays down Akpan rumour

Crawley boss Richie Barker has played down reports of a loan move for former Town midfielder Hope Akpan.

Last Updated: 17/09/13 at 12:58

Hope Akpan: Not set for Broadfield return

Hope Akpan: Not set for Broadfield return

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Akpan left the Broadfield Stadium to join Reading for £600,000 in January but has found first-team opportunities limited this season.

However, Barker feels the chances of bringing the 22-year-old back to Sussex are "very slim".

He told the Argus: "I saw that rumour too but I don't know how it came about. Obviously Steve (Coppell, director of football) has good contacts at Reading so the possibility may have cropped up but it hasn't gone any further than that.

"If we had the chance to sign Hope it is something I would seriously consider but I would say the chances are very slim. I don't know what plans Reading have for Hope but from a financial point of view it would be tough for us to do anything.

"I would also query whether Hope would want to drop back into League One after working so hard to get to a higher level."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

H

opefully Jose turns up to the game wearing a T-Shirt with Costa's face on, that's the classy thing to do in these situations right?

Petulant_Radish
Costa loses appeal against ban

Footer 365

Andy Carroll accuses Brendan Rodgers of lying

Andy Carroll has accused Brendan Rodgers of lying to him when he was trying to force him out of Anfield.

Frank Lampard tells Soccer AM that Jose Mourinho would 'love' him back at Chelsea

Frank Lampard has revealed Jose Mourinho would "love" him to return to Chelsea once his playing career is over.

David de Gea future key to Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has reiterated his desire to keep David de Gea at Old Trafford.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company