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Clement hopes to bring strong attacking talent to RG2

Manager on hopes for Royals' summer recruitment

28 June 2018

Paul Clement says he wants to strengthen the Royals further before the season gets underway in August, particularly in attacking positions.

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Following the arrivals of defenders, Andy Yiadom and John O'Shea, along with midfielder David Meyler, Clement says the attention has turned to trying to bolster the Royals' attacking options.

On Reading's summer recruits, Clement said: “They’re good players, all with experience in positions I felt we also needed, all on free transfers so that’s why that business got done very early on.

“Now we’re moving into other areas where it’s a little more difficult, but we’re confident we can bring some good attacking players in during the next days and weeks.

“We’re trying to bring in players who have got good all-round abilities. Players who can physically cope with the demands of the Championship, if they’ve got it in their CV that they’ve experienced this level of football and of the level above – or if they’ve been involved in a team that’s been promoted, they’re all added benefits."

Clement was open in admitting that the primary focus for the Royals in the transfer market is adding to the striking options at his disposal - and he is confident of signing talent that will improve the squad.

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"At the moment, if you want to focus on what we're trying to do - it'll be what we're trying to do in the striking positions. 

"Hopefully that will be more than one player. We've been working all summer on this, but when you start to work with players where transfer fees are involved, it does become a little bit more complicated.

"We're confident that we're going to bring one or two really good players in the centre-forward position. 

"We'll have to be realistic in terms of budget and Financial Fair Play with regards who you can attract to this club, but I think we'll bring in players who will make us competitive.

"If that got done early and we're in a good position, we can always look at what I call the cherry on the cake or a little bit of a bonus towards the end of the window.

"Be that a signing or a loan of a good young talent, we'd always be open to something."

The Royals' first pre-season friendly takes place against Eastleigh at the Silverlake Stadium on Saturday lunchtime, with a 12.30pm kick-off.

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