Reading director of football Nick Hammond does not expect Dave Kitson to return to the Madejski for a third time next season.
Stoke striker Kitson returned to the Madejski Stadium for the final months of the season on loan but failed to make an impact as the Royals crashed out in the play-offs.
Hammond told the Reading Evening Post: "Kits is now a Stoke player.
"There was no agreement that he would sign permanently had we gone up. That would have been a discussion you can only have at the end of the season."