Reading reiterate desire to keep winger Jimmy Kebe

Jimmy Kebe
Kebe has made 120 league starts for Reading

Reading director of football Nick Hammond has reiterated the club's desire to hang on to winger Jimmy Kebe.

Kebe, 27, has played 21 times for the Royals this term but is out of contract at the end of the season.

The club offered the Mali international a new two-and-a-half-year deal to stay and are having to fend off interest from West Ham and Leicester.

"We don't want Jimmy to leave. There is no pressure on us for us to sell him," Hammond told BBC Radio Berkshire.

"We have offered him a new deal and we want him to stay."

Reading signed Kebe in January 2008 from Lens. While at the French club he had loan spells at Chateauroux and Boulogne.

Kebe, who has not made it into the Mali squad for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations finals, has played 158 times for the Championship side, scoring 24 times.

Reading moved up to fifth in the Championship with a 2-1 victory over Watford on Saturday and have already signed striker Karl Sheppard from Shamrock Rovers in this January transfer window.

And Hammond said there may be a further acquisition before the window closes at the end of the month.

"Brian and I have done a lot of travelling this week to look at some players," he said.

"As always we will need some clarity in terms of funds available. We might loan some players out to give them some game time.

"I'm sure there will be bits and pieces happening. As always if we can find a player who can add to our squad and helps us to push forward and we get the permission from the board and the owner then we will do it."

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