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The manager provides a transfer update

19 June 2015

Boss hopeful of adding to squad in coming weeks

Steve Clarke has provided a transfer update ahead of the start of pre-season, with the Royals squad due to return to training next week.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Reading FC Player, which fans can watch by clicking here, the manager explained that a lot of work is going on behind the scenes, and he hopes that it will be rewarded in the coming weeks.

“It would give the place a lift to get one or two signings through the door,” he said. “There hasn’t been much talk in the press and we did that purposely, I’m not one to comment on rumours, but I can assure the supporters that we are working really hard to try and get some more players in the building.

“If we could get two or three in before we head off to Thailand then it would be brilliant for everyone at the club.

“Some are closer than others and some that have fallen away might come back up again; you never know. It’s such a long period of time and the transfer window hasn’t officially opened yet but we are working hard.

“We know that we need to add to the squad. When I go into my office at the moment, the squad is threadbare and we know that we need to get some business done in the next few weeks.”

Reading defender Michael Hector penned a new three-year contract earlier this month and the club have also secured the futures of Dominic Samuel and U21s players Stuart Moore, Pierce Sweeney and Sammi Fridjonsson.

Clarke said: “It’s been a busy summer. As said at the end of last season, I told the wife that she wouldn’t get too many days away and it has proved that way! I’ve stuck to that promise.

“The phone never stops and emails never stop coming in. I’ve travelled quite a bit to bump into a few people and it has been a different summer.

“It’s been a bit frustrating so far and a lot of work still needs to be done. We want to start the season positively and kick on from there. A lot has been done already and hopefully we’ll see the rewards in the coming weeks.”

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