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Stephen Hunt has been one of a host of players to leave relegated Reading this summer, and now the Irishman has expressed his desire to return to the Premier League, feulling speculation that he is set to join Sunderland.

Hunt told the Reading Chronicle, 'I work on the basis that if anything is going to happen, I will be informed. All the other stuff you read in the papers is rubbish. If nothing does happen then I will make sure I am ready to play for Reading.

'But every Reading player wants to play in the Premier League, and that`s the truth. Don`t get me wrong, players are happy here, the facilities are great and we`ve got an excellent training ground.

'But if anybody said they do not want to play in the Premier League they`d be lying.

'Personally, I love it around here. It`s a great area to live in, we`ve got a terrific manager in Steve Coppell and the fans are superb.

'It`s not that people aren`t happy but everyone wants to play at the highest level.

'It`s a short career and I think fans would appreciate it more if players were more honest about these things. Supporters aren`t stupid and it makes more sense if they know what`s going on.

'But I don`t want to generalise here. Some players might be happy to stay at Reading, especially those just starting their careers or those coming to an end.

'I suppose only time will tell who stays and goes but I`m sure we will know more by the end of the month.

'Nearly every player has been linked with some other club and there is bound to be interest because I don`t think we should have been relegated. But it happened and we`ve got to deal with the consequences of that.'

Royals fans will not be devastated by the loss of Hunt, many believing him to be highly overrated.

With speculation surrounding many of Reading's stars, fans will be hoping that deals can be done asap so the club can begin building a side capable of mounting a serious title challenge.

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Writer: Chris Kitley Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 3 2008

Time: 12:51PM

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I hope he goes asap so we can bring some actual footballers into the club.
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03/07/2008 12:59:00

You can tell he's a pikey, he somehow managed ot con 25k a week out of Reading, now he's gonna con some mug in the prem into buying him! Completely overrated and will egt found out when he leaves, but will be great business for us when we sell him.
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03/07/2008 13:01:00

Hurry up and go if you want to go! I think Reading should start warning players for speaking out like this! I didn't really rate Hunt. He can run all day without actually doing anything but *****ing other players off!
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03/07/2008 13:46:00

Disagree guys ! Hunt was one of our few shining stars last season. If he should leave, Steve had better have a good replacement in line as Convey is very hit and miss. I would like to see hims stay but if a good offer comes in for him and wants to leave, lets pack his bag for him !
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03/07/2008 14:34:00

I agree he was good for the first half of the season, but after christmas he was very poor. Dunno if it was cos he was carrying a knock or was just knackered but it seemed as tho he stopped playing as soon as he signed the new contract. 5m would be great business, another rumour is 2.5 + carlos edwards, which would be even better business. WHatever happens, if players want to go, then I hope things will get sorted quickly, the last thing we want is to sell someone a week before the nstart of the new season and then start panic buying.
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03/07/2008 14:45:00

If you can get 5 million for him then that would be good business.
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06/07/2008 20:00:00

I always thought he was a decent player, I think he would do a good job for someone like Hull maybe.
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06/07/2008 22:49:00


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