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Doyle keen on move from Reading to Villa

Kevin Doyle has hinted he would jump at the chance to leave Reading before the transfer window closes - with Aston Villa closing in on the Ireland striker.

Reading have vowed to fend off any interest in Doyle as Martin O'Neill looks to tie up a £7.5m deal this week, yet Doyle seems keen to make a quick return to the Premier League.

'I would never say I'm looking to jump ship from Reading, but if the club get a decent offer for me from a Premier League club I would obviously be delighted,' says Doyle.

'The first thing you think after your team are relegated is I want to be back in the Premier League. When you have experienced playing against Arsenal, Liverpool and the rest, you don't want anything else and I'm no different.

'This club have been very good to me and I like to think I've been good for them over the last three years, so I won't say anything to disrespect them. Despite that, I want to stay in the Premier League if possible and in an ideal world, something might come up.

'I worry what might happen to my international place if I am are not playing in the top flight. If another Ireland striker is banging in goals at Premier League level, it would not be good news for me.'

Reading were relegated from the Premier League last season and have already lost striker Dave Kitson to top-flight new boys Stoke City.

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