English side Reading FC have revealed they are in negotiations with Chinese side Beijing Renhe regarding contract extension with Kenya winger Ayub Timbe.

The 27-year-old joined the championship side on a short-term stint, but has not managed to get enough playing time owing to Covid-19 pandemic. The forward is among five players who are in the club on-loan.

“Discussions with Chelsea, AS Monaco, Liverpool, Beijing Renhe and Torino are ongoing regarding the five loan players extending their contracts to the end of July – these discussions will be concluded before the end of June when each of our current loanees’ deals with the club is set to expire,” the championship side confirmed on Friday.

The former English Premier League side have also confirmed they have extended the contract of six players.

“Reading Football Club can confirm that six of the seven players whose contracts with the club were due to expire at the end of June have now signed extensions with the club enabling them to play for our first team until the end of the protracted 2019-20 campaign.

“Charlie Adam, Tyler Blackett, Chris Gunter, Garath McCleary, Jordan Obita and Gabe Osho have all offered to extend their services to the club until the end of July – we are grateful to all six professionals for their continued commitment to the Royals cause as we aim to end this campaign as strongly as possible.

“The deadline for signing these short-term contract extensions passed earlier this week and young forward Danny Loader opted not to sign an extension. Danny will remain available for selection for the final two fixtures in June – Derby County away and Brentford home – but will then no longer be under contract as a registered player for Reading Football Club.

“However, the offer of a longer-term contract remains on the table for Danny should he wish to continue to represent the Royals for the remaining six games of this season and keep progressing his career in RG2 beyond the conclusion of the 2019-20 campaign.”

The Royals are set to play Derby in the Championship game scheduled for Saturday 27.