McDermott's transfer update
Royals boss Brian McDermott was asked about nine separate players in his latest press conference ahead of the Chelsea game - five in, three out and one contract - and we've got full quotes from the boss here.
Brian on Tom Ince: We're waiting on Blackpool to come back to us, we'd like to do something. It would be decent money for this club, there's been interest there for a while. If you have an opportunity to get someone to add to what you've got, you try to do it. He scores and makes goals, he's got good feet and can go either way, he's a good lad with a great attitude. But maybe I shouldn't talk about someone who doesn't belong to us.
on Nick Blackman: Maybe! We just think he's a good young player but he's a Sheffield United player. And if we don't do any deals I'd be fine. We're going in the right direction and I never stress about players who aren't here.
on Curtis Davies: I like Curtis but no.
on Stoppila Sunzu: It's been ongoing, and I can't see it happening in this window.
on other targets: We tried to get one other that I won't name but it finished yesterday. He had a lot of Premier League experience but his club said no.
on Mikkel Andersen: Mikkel had a conversation with me, he wanted to go to Denmark and I said yes and we'll try to find another goalkeeper. I wanted to do right by him, but the Danish club couldn't come up with a deal anywhere near what was right for us. Nowhere near. I said I'd facilitate him playing, but the Danish club's interest hasn't been strong enough and we are not a charity here, it has to be right for us. We like him, we think he's a good goalkeeper and we have to developed him. He can only go if the deal's right.
on Kaspars Gorkss: I don't know about that, we'll see. The first thing we'll do is talk to the player if something concrete was to happen regarding him moving away.
on Jay Tabb and Simon Church: Nothing on Tabby. I spoke to Churchy, I said to him a couple of months ago he should sign a contract with us. I think now he needs to go and play games and get his career up and running. If I was a Championship club I'd take Churchy all day long. He works hard, scores goals, plays for his country, I've got a lot of time for Churchy and he's done well for me.
on Alex Pearce's contract: No news, still trying to do a deal but it hasn't happened as of yet. It's not been easy. But Alex is in the team and we're winning games, that's all that matters to me. If he lets his contract run down to the summer it's his prerogative. I'm sure his agent will have offers from other clubs, that'll be the reason. He says he wants to stay, we want him to stay, all we can do is try to win games with him in the team. I said to Alex it's the longest negotiation I've ever known!
on the importance of Nick Hammond's role: It's great to have someone you've known a long time and it's why the Director of Football position is really important. He can get on with things, contracts and so on. I've known Nick 30 years, he's done a great job for us and it works. There's a lot of debate about what Directors of Football do, but I know exactly what he brings. I can concentrate on the team, trying to win the game.