Brian targets double deal
Boss Brian McDermott says the Royals have two transfer targets ahead of the closing of this month's window - but even if we do not complete the deals then Brian remains happy with his squad.
He said, "We're trying. We've got a couple of targets that we've had for a while."
January is of course always a very difficult window and Brian added, "Whether the deals happen or not, time will tell. We had three targets, one of them has gone so now it's two, that's how it goes.
"And as far as people leaving, one or two perhaps, we'll see on that. I'd always speak to those players first.
"But listen, if we don't sign anyone else in this window I'll still be happy. We've signed three players already and we're moving in the right direction. The most important players are always the ones who are here, not players who play for other clubs. If you do deals that you think can add to your squad then great, but if not I couldn't be happier to go with the players we've got."
Asked by Sky Sports News about Blackpool's Thomas Ince, Brian said, "We've made a bid, we're waiting on Blackpool to come back to us on that one. He's a Blackpool player so it's difficult for me to talk about players that don't belong to us. He's got quality, he can play number 10 or out wide on either side, he loves his football and can score or create goals. He's got a real hunger.
"But like I say he's a Blackpool player, I wouldn't normally talk about a player that doesn't belong to us. He's a good player with potential, I imagine there's a lot of interest in him. But once again I have to say this is a player who doesn't belong to us."
And also asked about Sheffield United's Nick Blackman - who played against us in the FA Cup this weekend - Brian said, "We think he's a good player, but again he's a Sheffield United player."
In addition, Brian confirmed to TalkSPORT this past weekend that a move for Birmingham's Curtis Davies is not on the agenda.
So far in this window the Royals have signed Stephen Kelly, Hope Akpan and Daniel Carrico, having brought in Pavel Pogrebnyak, Danny Guthrie, Adrian Mariappa, Nicky Shorey, Chris Gunter, Garath McCleary and Stuart Taylor in the summer.
The deadline passes at 11pm on Thursday evening.
We'll have another transfer update online from the boss' press conference just after midnight this evening, with quotes on Mikkel Andersen, Simon Church, Stoppila Sunzu, Jay Tabb and more.
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