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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 August, 2003, 16:18 GMT 17:18 UK
Chelsea reject Royals bid
Chelsea defender Robert Huth
Huth is staying with Chelsea
Reading boss Alan Pardew has confirmed that his bid to sign Chelsea defender Robert Huth has been turned down.

The Royals manager was looking to bring the German defender on loan, to use as cover for Steve Brown, Adie Williams and John Mackie.

But his bid has been turned down by Blues boss Claudio Ranieri.

Pardew told the club's official site: "Chelsea want to keep him because he is in their plans.

"I would have liked to have brought him here but we've got other targets."

But Reading have been boosted by news that Omar Daley has been told his application for a work permit has been approved.

Daley is expected to make his debut in the reserves' clash with Northampton on Wednesday.

"I have been made very welcome at Reading and had no hesitation in joining them because I already think of them as a Premiership club," the Jamaica international said.

"I have played a lot in this country, including a spell at Everton alongside Wayne Rooney, so I think I know what to expect."

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