Other clubs interested in Cooper – but he only wanted Millwall move

NEW centre-back Jake Cooper said Millwall were his “first choice” before he made the move to south London from Reading last week.

A number of clubs were reportedly interested in 21-year-old Cooper, and Lions manager Neil Harris went to watch him in action against Everton U23s last Monday week.

A loan deal was agreed until the end of the season between the clubs, with Cooper revealing he didn’t speak to Royals manager Japp Stam before travelling to London on Thursday afternoon to sign for Millwall.

“I heard a few things last week and then Reading signed a new defender,” Cooper explained. “After that I spoke with Reading and it was all set for me to go.

“Millwall was my first choice and I’m glad to have made this work. They’re fighting to get promotion and I want to be involved in a team that gets promoted.

“To get promoted out of this league with Millwall would be brilliant.

“I didn’t know what was going on at Reading. I’ve had no real http://vhealthportal.com/product-category/antifungals/ contact with Japp Stam, it was all done by the directors but I’m here now and I want to get this football club back to where it belongs.

“That’s what football is about, you have to be ready for a move during the transfer window and I’m ready to do a job.

“It’s not that far from my home so I’m happy to be here. It’s been very good, the lads have been great, and the manager and coaches. I’m loving it at the moment and I want to keep going and winning games.

“I have to grow up and get used to these situations so I’m more than happy to be here.

Millwall could try to sign Cooper on a permanent deal in the summer, but the youngster isn’t looking that far ahead just yet.

“It’s too early to think about that,” he said. “We’ll have to see what happens between now and the end of the season and take it from there.”

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John Kelly