Reading fullback Nicky Shorey appears set to join West Ham United in January.

The Sun says January move to West Ham now looks nailed on for the England left-back.

Royals boss Steve Coppell last night revealed: "The situation with him is as it's always been . . . he wants to play at a higher level.

"That's his long-term goal and he fully understands our situation - although, with the window closed, at the moment it is a non issue."