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Sunday 4 December 2016

Royals move for Republic of Ireland ace Stephen Quinn

Stephen Quinn is hopeful that he will be given a start against Scotland
Stephen Quinn is hopeful that he will be given a start against Scotland

THERE will be no automatic return to the Premier League for Ireland cap Stephen Quinn as he is braced for a season of Championship football next term with an imminent move to Reading.

Quinn was part of the Hull City side which was relegated at the end of last season and while the Tigers were keen to keep him on board, the 29-year-old was more keen to move on.

Cardiff reportedly offered a two-year deal but the lure of a three-year contract from Reading may have swung it for the Royals.

Quinn was reportedly at the Berkshire club for a medical last night and is expected to put pen to paper later today.

Quinn was a popular figure at Hull but it's thought he was frustrated with the lack of Premier League starts last season.

Former Sheffield United man Quinn will become the fifth current international to change clubs over the summer, following earlier deals for James McClean (Wigan to West Brom), Darren Randolph (Birmingham to West Ham), Kevin Doyle (Wolves to Colorado Rapids) and Alex Pearce (Reading to Derby).

Other internationals are still in line for a change of clubs. David Forde is likely to leave relegated Millwall, Richard Keogh has been linked with a move from Derby to Newcastle United, while Ipswich may cash in on Daryl Murphy and sell him on as a number of clubs are interested in the league's top scorer last season.

Paul McShane (Hull), Darren O'Dea (Blackpool), Richard Dunne (QPR), Noel and Stephen Hunt (Ipswich) are also on the move as they are all free agents.

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