Midfielder keen on Pompey move

Brian Howard
Brian Howard
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Brian Howard today told Pompey: Come and get me.

The Reading midfielder is keen to join Steve Cotterill’s men as the rebuilding process at Fratton Park gets started.

Howard is on the Blues’ hitlist following the takeover by Convers Sports Initiatives this week.

And the 28-year-old admitted he would love to be part of things as Pompey move towards a brighter future.

Howard said: ‘I’ve heard the rumours and have been getting phone calls about it.

‘People have been asking: “Are you going to Portsmouth?”.

‘The season has just finished and I go on holiday on Monday. That’s all I know at the moment.

‘I’ve got a year left at Reading but it’s been a bit frustrating and I want to play a bit more.

‘I played against Portsmouth towards the end of the season and did really well.

‘I know Steve Cotterill is planning some good things down there.

‘The new owner has come in and they are looking to rebuild.

‘If I wasn’t in the plans at Reading I would be looking to do something like that.

‘I’d definitely be interested in talking to the club.

‘They were in the Premier League not so long ago.

‘I have quite a good record of reaching the play-offs recently and nearly getting promoted.

‘It’s a club I would look to get to and would have a chance of going up.

‘I know Steve Cotterill’s background, although I don’t know him personally.

‘I know Ian Woan from Swindon and there are a few lads I know at the club who have said good things about it.

‘If there was an interest I’d definitely be interested in talking to Portsmouth.’

Pompey would have to fend off interest from rivals Southampton and a host of other Championship clubs to land Howard.

The former Barnsley and Sheffield United man almost moved to St Mary’s on loan in March and was at the club as a trainee.

But Howard has made it clear joining Pompey appeals and Reading will not halt him from leaving the Madejski Stadium.

He said: ‘At the end of the loan window I nearly went to Southampton.

‘The manager said then if I really wanted to go he wouldn’t stand in my way.

‘He wanted me to stay but said he respected the fact I have played a lot of games in my career and need to play football.

‘That was one thing I spoke to him about.

‘I think that they may have to cut the wage bill a bit at Reading.

‘So if I’m not playing there and have a year left on my contract, they might look to ship me out.

‘I haven’t asked to go but if they come to me and say I’m not in their plans I’d definitely look to get away.

‘I’ve just turned 28 and these next three years are going to be big years for me.

‘I want to be playing week in, week out rather than being a bit part player.’