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Irish International Midfielder Among Reading FC Targets

Hull City midfielder Stephen Quinn is believed to be one of the top priority transfer targets for Steve Clarke, as the Reading manager looks to make his first summer signing.

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The 29-year-old has been with the Tigers since signing from Sheffield United in 2012, on an initial three-year deal that has come to an end after the 2014/15 season - although City have offered a new contract to Quinn. Competition for his signature comes in the form of an unnamed Premier League club, who are just one of a number of clubs interested in the Irishman.

If the diminutive Dubliner were to move to Berkshire, he could be joined by fellow former Hull man Paul McShane at the Mad Stad, another player who has been highly linked with the Royals. News of the potential deal comes from both ends of the M1, with the Hull Daily Mail and GetReading's Charles Watts confirming Reading's interest.

Talk of movement in the transfer market comes after an absence of news during the first weeks of the window, with the club's silence being broken earlier in the week when Steve Clarke spoke to the media. The Scot told the official website:

"It's been a busy summer. There's a lot that's been done and hopefully you'll see the results in the coming weeks,"
"I've identified quite a few targets and we've worked hard to try and get them.
"Some have fallen by the wayside already, a lot are still ongoing.
"Two or three are quite close to completion and that would be pleasing if we can get them in before all the players are back in a couple of weeks time."

Whether those two or three will come in the shape of McShane and Quinn remains to be seen, but Reading's interest in players who have proven experience at Premier League level is certainly encouraging and hints at a strong enough budget to improve the squad in the summer months.

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