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Having done his transfer business bright and early, Brian is very happy with his squad and has two players for each position. He has not completely ruled out any more deals but will only act on the slim chance that something very intriguing pops up.
He said, "I don't think we'll be doing anything. We've signed seven senior players and two younger players which is right up there with everyone in this League. You never say never but I don't think so."
Asked about speculation linking him with England frontman Carlton Cole, he said, "He plays for West Ham, I don't know where that has come from." And he also kiboshed speculation about Notts County's Alan Judge, commenting, "No, he's a good player we know about but we've got wide players here."
He admitted that Simon Church could go out on loan, but that would not have to be pushed through this week. "It's possible, but that would be a loan so it can go beyond Friday. We've got five strikers plus young Dominic Samuel. Robbo is coming back, and there aren't many teams who go with five strikers, I need to give Churchy some games."
So far this summer the Royals have signed Pavel Pogrebnyak, Danny Guthrie, Garath McCleary, Chris Gunter, Adrian Mariappa, Nicky Shorey and Stuart Taylor, as well as young Irish defenders Pierce Sweeney and Sean Long.