Speaking to Berkshire Live, Reading manager Mark Bowen has issued a hands-off warning to fellow Championship side Leeds United, after reports emerged claiming the Whites were keen on star midfielder Andy Rinomhota.

We covered reports here on The72 earlier this week claiming that Leeds United were showing an interest in Reading midfielder Andy Rinomhota ahead of the January transfer window, with Marcelo Bielsa potentially looking to bolster his squad in preparation for the second half of the Championship season.

And now, the reported interest from the Whites in Rinomhota has been addressed by Reading manager Mark Bowen. Speaking to Berkshire Live, Bowen has said that he doesn’t care about the interest from Leeds, brushing off the Championship table-toppers reported interest. He said:

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“Andy’s thought of as a valuable team and squad member so full credit to him. He has come up through our academy and has established himself now with teams like Leeds talking about him. But I don’t care about that, it’s what he does for us and hopefully, he’s fit and available for selection on Saturday again.”

Leeds-born Rinomhota has been a mainstay in the Reading side so far this season and hasn’t looked back since breaking into the starting 11 last season, He has featured in 20 games across all competitions so far this campaign, taking his appearance total to 50, scoring one goal and providing one assist in the process.

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Judging by Bowen’s comments, Reading are determined to keep a hold of Rinomhota in the January transfer window. It will be interesting to see if they are resilient enough to fend off the interest from Leeds United, or if the Whites can tempt him to Elland Road before the end of the month.