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Reid is back in the game

STEVEN Reid completed his first full Premier League outing in over a year for Blackburn against Fulham -- and immediately attracted intense transfer market interest.

But a bid from Cardiff boss Dave Jones is unlikely to have any great interest for the player Giovanni Trapattoni would love to see refloat his Premier League career at Ewood Park.

After months of rehab and fitness work, Reid stepped in to help bolster Blackburn's attempt to push away from the relegation dogfight and while he was clearly rusty, he still managed to help his club to a tonic 2-0 win.

Now, Trapattoni will wait to see if Reid's many injury problems have been fully resolved and if he can manage a consistent run, with the Irish boss likely to target the Republic of Ireland's friendly against Brazil at the Emirates on March 2 as a likely international comeback target for his best midfielder.

While Reid makes tentative moves towards a full return, Irish squad mate Stephen Hunt is reviewing his options after Hull boss Phil Brown slapped a 'hands off' sign on him.

However, Kevin Doyle is anxious to avoid another relegation fight like the one he lived through with Reading and believes that Hunt would be the ideal recruit for Mick McCarthy's Wolves.

"It's not a nice feeling. I wouldn't want to go through that again," said Doyle. "Stephen would add quality to the squad. A lot of other teams are going to be strengthening in the next couple of weeks so we need to add a couple."

Meanwhile Mark Yeates is ready to sign on the dotted line fopr Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell after a short and not so sweet time under Gordon Strachan at Middlesbrough.

Yeates was signed by Gareth Southgate and has played 21 games for Middlesbrough but knew he nad no future under Strachan and has decided to move on.

Blackwell believes his new Irish winger can add significant attacking flair to Sheffield United's promotion push.

"The game against Middlesbrough was a classic example of wide players heavily involved in winning games," said Blackwell after a 1-0 win over Yeates old club at the weekend.

"These days wingers have to be athletes who can get up and down the pitch and I think Mark can bring something different to what we already have at the club."


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