By Wayne Veysey

17th Jun, 2022 | 9:54am

Sources: Reading star Tom Holmes agrees new contract

Tom Holmes has agreed a new Reading contract, Football Insider understands.

The defender’s existing deal was due to expire at the end of June and it was feared he could leave on a free transfer.

But Reading are keen to keep hold of Holmes, 22, and a club source has told Football Insider that they have secured a breakthrough in negotiations over a new contract.

The defender made 37 appearances across all competitions in the 2021-22 campaign, scoring once as the Royals finished 21st – four points clear of the drop.

Nottingham Forest are reportedly interested in Holmes after their promotion to the Premier League, but the centre-back is now set to pledge his future to Reading.

Football Insider revealed in August 2021 that Forest had submitted a £1.5million bid for Holmes’ services – but a summer move failed to materialise despite the Royals’ perilous financial situation.

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Paul Ince’s side remain under a transfer embargo, meaning incoming players must be loan signings or free agents.

Holmes is one of 13 players currently out of contract at the end of June – with star man John Swift already departing to West Brom ahead of the expiration of his deal.

Stars including Andy Rinomhota, Josh Laurent, Andy Yiadom, and Junior Hoilett are among those set to leave the Thames Valley club for free.

Holmes, born in Reading, came through the ranks at the club and made his first-team debut in March 2018.

A loan to Belgian club KSV Roeselare followed before the defender became a mainstay for the Royals during the 2020/21 season.

Holmes has also been deployed in a right-back berth throughout his time at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.

In other news, Reading are plotting to sign former Premier League striker.