The manager's agent this afternoon revealed that his client wanted to speak to West Ham. The dramatic revelation could mean that Pardew's possible move to West Ham could still happen.
Pards has kept quiet for the past seven days, failing to make any official comment on the speculation. But his agent has said that he won't be in a hurry to speak to the media.
"Alan won't be making any comment at the moment but what he has said to me is that he would have liked the opportunity to speak to them," said Barry Neville, speaking to BBC Sport Online.
"Of course he is flattered by all the talk. West Ham is a big club and Alan would have at least like to have talked to them."
A renewed approach from West Ham is a serious possibility now that these comments have been made. However, even if the Hammers were to now formerly end their interest in appointing Pardew as successor to Glenn Roeder you can't help but think the Royals boss will now be viewed in a different light by Reading fans.
Two weeks ago fans would have told you Pardew would barely give a thought to taking a job at another club, but now that has all changed. If the Royals boss was eager to speak to the Upton Park side, a shrinking club, then how loyal can he really be?
Reading MAD can't help but feel that even if we are to see the back of this sorry saga, Alan Pardew won't be in the home dug-out at the Madejski Stadium this time next year.