Royals hopeful over duo

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Reading are confident Nicky Shorey and Leroy Lita will agree new deals at the club.

The Royals are locked in talks with the key duo over new long-term contracts at the Madejski Stadium.

The pair impressed last season as Reading enjoyed a successful debut campaign in the top flight.

The likes of West Ham and Newcastle have been linked with Shorey, while a number of clubs are thought to be monitoring Lita following his success at the recent Under 21 European Championship.

Reading's director of football Nicky Hammond confirmed talks were ongoing with the pair.

"Talks are ongoing with Leroy and Nicky," Hammond told the club's official website.

"Contracts are rarely agreed in the blink of an eye these days, but the feedback I've received from both players and their agents has been very positive.

"We'll continue the discussions in the near future."

Meanwhile, Royals youngster Scott Davies has joined Conference side Aldershot on a season-long loan.