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Transfer update

18 December 2012

Brian meets with owner

Royals boss Brian McDermott gave a transfer update after the Arsenal game, and said he is looking for fresh faces in the transfer window.

But at the same time he admits that January is a difficult time to bring in players, and our position in the league may make deals harder to conclude.

He said, "Myself, Anton and Nick had a four-hour meeting over the weekend and talked about players coming in. 

"January is difficult, especially if you are where we are in the league. So I can't see us spending a fortune, I just don't think it will happen, we have never done that as a club.

"But we have to find some experience to come through the door. They're the kind of players we should be going for."

Speaking in his programme notes for the game, Brian said, "We have been a very sensible club and have punched above our weight for a long time. Last year we won the league on that budget, a lot of clubs in that division had bigger budgets so there’s a lot to be said for a sensible approach. I would suggest the same applies to Arsenal with everything Arsene Wenger has done there and you can draw comparisons between the two clubs.

"There are a lot of clubs nearly going out of business, and the most important thing for us is always Reading Football Club, it has been here since 1871. The owner, Chairman, board and Nick, we are all on the same page trying to get where we want to be.

"We spent our budget in the summer, of course we will look for players in January and it’s alright people saying ‘spend the money,’ we are trying to be sensible to make sure in the future that this club is here for another 141 years and more. Don’t get me wrong, staying in this division is massive for us, but spending money in January doesn’t guarantee anything.

"It would be good to get 2 or 3 lads in who have nous and who know the level, it isn’t cheap but if we can do it within a sensible budget then great. Whatever it takes to stay in this division, we will try to do."

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