Steve Clarke: 'Reading the best option by a mile'

Reading manager Steve Clarke says that he wasn't close to joining Fulham despite talking to their Championship rivals on Thursday.

The 52-year-old was widely expected to take the vacant Fulham post after it was revealed he had spoken to the Cottagers.

"All I wanted was the chance to speak to another club," said the Scot. "I decided what I had here was better."

He also claimed the players were "fully behind him" and that he now wanted to ensure his team reached the Premier League.