Reading boss Ruben Selles wants to keep Charlie Savage, amid plenty of transfer talk over the 20-year-old.

The midfielder played 90 minutes in Tuesday's EFL Trophy exit to Brighton and Hove Albion Under-21s, his first full match since November.

A full Wales international, the former Manchester United youngster has been subject to plenty of interest from EFL clubs now the January transfer window is open.

Derby County and Stockport County, both riding high in their respective divisions, have been linked to the midfielder in national media, with the club reportedly rebuffing any interest.

Speaking after the defeat at the Amex, Selles reiterated his intention to keep hold of his squad for the second half of the season.

"Charlie, as any other player, I want to stay and perform," the Spaniard said. "I think it has been a really difficult time for us but now we have a way we want to play and connections, the last thing I want to do is lose players. I cannot control if we lose players because of financial situations, but I think players like Charlie are very important for us and I would like to keep him with me."

Any incomings are unlikely for this month, with the club still experiencing financial difficulties.