Reading's poor form won't affect Mooney loan

Michael Bailey Reading's sticky patch is unlikely to affect Steve Coppell's decision on whether to allow David Mooney an extended tour of duty in Norfolk. The 24-year-old is due back at the Madejski Stadium when his initial month's loan spell at Norwich ends on April 4, and although the Irishman is hoping to stay on at Carrow Road until the end of the season, there have been suggestions Reading's stuttering form may scupper any deal.

Michael Bailey

Reading's sticky patch is unlikely to affect Steve Coppell's decision on whether to allow David Mooney an extended tour of duty in Norfolk.

The 24-year-old is due back at the Madejski Stadium when his initial month's loan spell at Norwich ends on April 4, and although the Irishman is hoping to stay on at Carrow Road until the end of the season, there have been suggestions Reading's stuttering form may scupper any deal.

The Royals have won just once in their last eight matches, including a run of 360 minutes without scoring a goal. However, with loan signing Dave Kitson added to a list of strikers that include Noel Hunt, Shane Long, Kevin Doyle and Leroy Lita, it is believed that Coppell is confident in the strikers currently at his disposal. The Canaries have a verbal agreement with Reading that Mooney's loan can be extended beyond its current limit, which would also allow Reading a 24-hour recall on the Irishman, who would be ruled out of City's final home game of the season - against Reading, on April 25.


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