Reading midfielder keeps Sunderland option open

Stephen Hunt has arguably been Reading’s player of the season so far. Aside from a couple of ill-timed challenges which may have merited red cards, the Irishman has notched seven goals from midfield, including a brace against Tottenham on Saturday. One of his biggest admirers appears to be Sunderland boss Roy Keane and, although Royals boss Steve Coppell has said the player isn’t for sale, Hunt seems to be reading from a different script according to quotes in the Daily Mirror.

Hunt said: “I told the club what I thought about that Sunderland’s £2.5million bid and that will remain private. I’ll just keep going and see what happens.

“The club know my situation and how I feel and we’ll see what materialises. It’s entirely up to Reading.

“Sunderland are a big club and Roy’s doing a great job there. But I’m here, Reading know my situation and I’ll give my best for them, that’s all I can do.”

Hardly a declaration of loyalty to Reading! It appears that unless the Royals offer him a vastly improved contract, Hunt will be the latest Irish addition to Roy Keane’s Sunderland squad.

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