Date: 19th January 2006 at 12:52pm
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Saints have missed out on signing Stoke defender John Halls after Reading hijacked the deal at the last minute.

He had already had a medical and agreed terms with Saints before Steve Coppell matched Saints offer.

The fact The Royals can offer a great chance of Premiership football next season probably swung the deal in their favour.

Halls will cost Reading around £250,000. His contract at Stoke was due to expire in the summer and he’d made it clear to them he was looking for a new challenge.