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Reading end interest in Napoli target Sissoko

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Sissoko won't be joining Reading. (©GettyImages)
Sissoko won't be joining Reading. (©GettyImages).

Reading manager Nigel Adkins has revealed that the club have ended their interest in signing free agent Mohamed Sissoko, Sky Sports understands.

The former Liverpool and Paris Saint Germain star, who was playing Champions League football last season, had been in talks over a move to the Madjeski Stadium.

Reading weren't the only club interested in his services, but they moved quickly to give him a medical and discuss a contract back on deadline day.

But talks have now broken down between the player and club and it appears as though he will not be joining the ranks at Reading.

"That's not going to happen," Adkins told the Reading Post.

West Ham are said to also be interested in the Malian midfielder, who presumably was requesting too higher wages for Championship outfit Reading to afford.

Serie A team Napoli have also been linked with a move for the player, who would be keen to be reunited with Rafa Benitez, the man who signed him for Liverpool from Valencia back in 2005.

Despite Reading's failure to land the midfielder, Adkins remains intent on reinforcing his attacking options in the loan window.

Southampton's Billy Sharp has been linked with a move, but Southampton are unwilling to budge on his £18,000 a week wages.

“If something materialises that we believe can benefit and enhance the group then we’ll be very active,” he said.

“But at the moment we’re working hard with the group we’ve got and our focus is on the next game which is against Leeds United.”

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