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Reading exit for Stephen

CHAMPIONSHIP side Reading remain locked in talks with Ireland defender Alex Pearce about a new deal.

But the Royals are ready to axe Pearce's international team-mate Stephen Kelly.

Pearce made 40 league appearances for Reading last season and while the club have reportedly offered him a contract extension, a new deal would involve a pay cut and the long-serving defender has yet to agree.

Kelly is also out of contract but, having started only 14 league games in a poor Championship season for the club, it's expected that he will be given a free transfer this week.

The 31-year-old joined Reading from Fulham in 2013.