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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 May 2007, 12:29 GMT 13:29 UK
Reading prepared for Sidwell exit
Steve Sidwell
Sidwell is a former Arsenal trainee
Reading appear set to lose Steve Sidwell after his apparent rejection of their latest bid to keep him.

The 24-year-old midfielder is out of contract this summer and has been linked with a move to Chelsea, Manchester United or Newcastle.

The club's director of football Nicky Hammond told the Reading Chronicle: "Part of us hopes he will stay but the reality is he will go.

"But he's got an awful lot to consider and I hope he makes the right choice."

Steve is a player who needs to play week-in week-out to be at the top of his game

Nicky Hammond

He added: "Steve knows our position. I spoke with his people a couple of weeks ago and told them if there was anything more we could do to keep him or encourage him to stay they should come back to us.

"But that hasn't happened and I'm sure Steve will make his position known as soon as the season has finished."

Sidwell has been one of Reading's star performers as they have emerged as the surprise package in the Premiership.

But Hammond has warned the former Arsenal trainee that he may not get regular first-team action if he moves on.

"He has got a big decision to make. There is a lot of interest out there and it's a very important decision for him," said Hammond.

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"He knows what he has got at Reading. We've been really competitive this year and he has been an integral part of that team.

"He has been a mainstay of the side and I imagine, for him, that is imperative wherever he goes.

"But he's not likely to find that situation easy to come by at another club.

"Steve is a player who needs to play week-in week-out to be at the top of his game but there is never a guarantee of that happening somewhere else."



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