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Kwesi Appiah open to Reading return

Kwesi Appiah’s loan spell at Reading may have come to an end, but the Ghana international has confirmed that he would be interested in returning to the club next season.

“You never know,” began the Black Star, speaking to Get Reading about the possibility of returning to the club next term. “That door is hopefully open.

“It’s down to the gaffer [Steve Clarke] what squad he wants next season.

“If he does come forward for me then it’s down to Crystal Palace whether or not they let me do that. I’ve got another two years on my contract.

“But I will be happy to come back next season if that opportunity comes.”

Coach Clarke previously indicated that he would be open to the possibility of the 24-year-old returning to the club next season.

“Kwesi has been really good in the group,” the former West Bromwich Albion manager began recently.

“He probably didn’t get the opportunities that he needed. But he showed in the first couple of minutes on Saturday what he can do.

“His finish was quality and he was a threat all the time. That is important. You need forwards who are a threat.”

The forward only managed six appearances for the Berkshire side—of which two were starts—and only found the net once, in Reading’s last match of the season, a 3-0 victory over Derby County.

The goal was the striker’s first since November 26, when he found the net for former club Cambridge United away at AFC Wimbledon.

Nonetheless, the forward impressed sporadically at the Madejski Stadium with his work rate and ability to contribute to the team’s build-up play.

There is a chance, however, that the forward will be required by parent club Crystal Palace next term. Coach Alan Pardew previously tried to use Appiah in a Premier League match earlier this year, only to realise that the Ghanaian hadn’t been registered.