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Transfer update

18 July 2013

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Nick Hammond has given an update on potential transfer moves - both in and out of the club - before the window closes at the end of next month.

The Royals have done good business so far this summer, with Royston Drenthe, Wayne Bridge and Danny Williams all on board, while Alex Pearce and Hal Robson-Kanu have both signed new contracts.

As with all relegated clubs, there is likely to be interest in some of our players, especially as the season approaches and the window begins to shut.

Nick said, “There's still some time to pass before the window closes and I'm sure situations will develop that we'll have to look at, whether that be offers for our players or looking to add one or two more ourselves.

“We will try to find the right solutions to give the manager the tools to be successful, what I will say though is that you never want to lose your best players.

“That is key for us this summer, but it won't be easy. Experience tells me as the window goes on we will start to get more interest in our players. I've not got my full body armour on yet, but it's the nature of the window.

“I always look at things first and foremost from a football side, so for myself and the manager, the key is to keep our best players, if we can do that I believe we have a very competitive squad.”

He continued, “We’ve brought good players in but it was also very important to keep Alex Pearce and Hal Robson-Kanu. It's a 46-game season and the last time we were in the Championship Alex was player of the year and we won the title. To keep him is a massive boost.

“Hal is a player who is improving all the time and last year scored seven goals in the Premier League. People forget he had two cruciate injuries as a scholar so he missed a lot of football. He's making up for that now and I believe last season the supporters saw the massive potential that he has."

One area that the Royals may look to strengthen is up front, with Nick commenting, “We've had Noel Hunt and Simon Church leave this summer, which leaves us with only Pavel and Alfie as fit, experienced and recognised strikers.

“The manager, owner and myself have spoken about this and we are looking at the options in the marketplace that may be available to us.

"We're keeping our fingers crossed Jason Roberts can return quickly from his hip surgery because he certainly has the ability, presence and experience to be a major asset, as we saw in our last Championship campaign.

"Nick Blackman I know impressed the manager as a central striker at the end of last season and I've always said Hal can develop into a central, as well as a wide player.

“I’m also hoping that one of our young strikers will grab the mantle this pre-season and force themselves into the manager’s plans. They must see this period as a great opportunity.

“As always, it’s about trying to find the right solution while attempting to make the numbers work.”

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