READING are preparing to sit down and offer Noel Hunt a new contract before the close of the January transfer window. The striker's deal is up at the end of the season, and both parties are keen to extend his stay at the Madejski Stadium.
Hunt has scored four goals in 20 appearances this term, and has largely been restricted to a sub's role. Nevertheless, the Royals are aware of interest in Hunt from a number of clubs in England and the MLS, and therefore want to move quickly to secure his future.
Although they face an uphill battle against relegation, the Royals are on a sound financial footing and the 30-year-old sees his future there whatever happens.
The ex- Shamrock Rovers, Dunfermline and Dundee United striker joined the club in 2008 and has scored 37 goals for them. He is targeting a return to Giovanni Trapattoni's plans but has been out of favour since he played a big part in the 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Italy in 2009.
Meanwhile, the departure of Irish 'B' international Mark Yeates from Watford has been held up due to the Londoners' demand for a substantial transfer fee.
Bristol City are favourites to sign the talented midfielder, with a number of other Championship sides also on his trail, but Watford are holding out for a six-figure sum as Yeates has made 21 appearances this season. The 27-year-old is out of contract in the summer.