New Reading manager Brendan Rodgers will face a tough battle to hold onto Stephen Hunt and Kevin Doyle as Everton are prepared to test the water with a £7m bid for the pair, according to The Daily Star.
Doyle has already proven himself as a Premier League striker, scoring 13 goals in Reading's first season in the top flight. He has frequently been linked with a move away from Reading and now that they have failed to bounce back to the Premier League, the 25-year-old is likely to move on this summer.
Stephen Hunt has also been followed for some time by Everton, who tabled a bid for the Irish midfielder in January. Everton will now renew their interest in Hunt, and Rodgers does not seem hopeful of holding onto either of his players.
"There is absolutely no doubt that guys like Kevin Doyle are Premier League players," he asserted.
"When you come out of the Premier League, especially in the second year of your parachute payments, it becomes very, very difficult to hold on to those players."
Anthony Wright, Goal.com