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Royals struggling to hold on to Kebe

Reading boss Brian McDermott is fighting to hold on to winger Jimmy Kebe.

The Mali international has yet to sign a new contract and is free to talk to other clubs in January with Leicester believed to be leading the queue of suitors.

“We have made an offer to Jimmy and he tells me he is happy at Reading,” said McDermott. “But he hasn’t signed the new contract that is on the table.”

The 27-year-old joined Reading from French side Lens in January 2008 and is now a regular in the squad. His current contract expires at the end of the season.

McDermott is desperate to keep hold of him having lost key players like Shane Long, Matt Mills, Kevin Doyle and Gylfi Sigurdsson in the past two seasons.

Kebe will line up for the Royals in today’s game against table-topping Southampton at the Madejski Stadium - 20,000 tickets had been sold by Wednesday for the televised clash.

Jobi McAnuff is back in training after injury and could make the side but Jay Tabb, knocked unconscious at Burnley, is certain to miss the game,.

Reading will be keen to improve on their record of scoring just one goal in the first half of matches this season. “I wouldn’t mind going 3-0 up after 10 minutes,” joked McDermott.

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