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Coppell warns clubs off Doyle and Sidwell

Reading manager Steve Coppell has told rival clubs to forget about transfer window moves for Kevin Doyle or Steve Sidwell.

Coppell, who plans to play a weakened side in Saturday's FA Cup third round clash at home to Burnley, is adamant no regular first-teamer will be allowed to leave the Madejski Stadium this month.

He said: 'No-one will be leaving this club in January. It's a promise from me - no-one will leave unless we want them to go.

'There will be other things going on but none of the players who have figured so far will be leaving.'

Doyle's goals have helped the Royals make an excellent start to their first Premiership campaign and he is known to be coveted by a number of top-flight rivals.

But Coppell insisted: 'No-one has rung me about Kevin Doyle and nobody will. He is not going anywhere. I have had one bid for a player but he is not one who is one most people's radars.'

Midfielder Sidwell has also adapted well and knows he will soon be able to negotiate a move elsewhere as his contract expires in the summer.

But Coppell argued that staying put would be better for all concerned. He said 'It is an exciting time for him but he is a player who wants to play and he knows he will play here.

'If he goes somewhere else and becomes part of a rotational squad then there might not be the job satisfaction he has at the moment. In an age when, I'm afraid, it is all about money, it will be interesting to see where job satisfaction comes.

'We are planning to talk to him about staying here and I know what will bring him round, but I don't control that. We are the club we are and the chairman has gone on record saying he will never mortgage the club to retain Premiership status.'

Coppell will rest almost all of his first team squad for the visit of Burnley, in-keeping with an established policy for cup games.

He said: 'This is no disrespect to Burnley - I would have done this if we had been playing Arsenal at home or anybody at home. This was something I had in my mind as soon as the third round draw was made.

'We won't be remembered for whatever we do in the FA Cup this year. This club has been in the FA Cup for the last 136 years. They haven't been in the Premiership and that is our priority, I make no bones about that. The Premiership is our personal FA Cup final every week.

'Last season was all about promotion - this season is all about the Premiership. Other teams with bigger resources can concentrate on a couple of challenges but that is not for us.

'But it is not as though I'm throwing the game away - I want us to win on Saturday and go as far as we can in the competition.'

That means a debut for goalkeeper Adam Federici, who started the season as third choice but moved up the pecking order once Graham Stack went on loan to Leeds.

Fringe men Andre Bikey, Ulises De la Cruz, John Oster, Shane Long and Sam Sodje are all expected to start, and the game will also act as a comeback vehicle for long-term injury absentees Bobby Convey and Dave Kitson.

Kitson has not featured since suffering a knee injury on the opening day, but he will be on the bench at least if he comes through the remaining training sessions unscathed.