Reading boss Steve Coppell has ruled out selling Stephen Hunt this January.

"There is no way that Stephen will be leaving the club," Coppell said. "What does he give us? Everything. He is typical of what we are about.

"He was a free transfer from Brentford and has something to prove on a game-by-game basis. He has been one of our better players for the last 18 months.

"There has been a bid. But I'd like to go back to the old way of doing business where you phone people up and that verbal communication is the end.

"Their making the bid public didn't do me any favours. I would like to think that when we do business it will still be done in the old-fashioned way."