Reading manager Mark Bowen has said that goalkeeper Luke Southwood is ‘staying for the time being’.
Southwood, 22, has this month returned to Reading after spending the first-half of the season on-loan at Hamilton.
He played eight games in the SPL for Hamilton, playing against both Celtic and Rangers, and was named in the match day squad for Reading’s 2-0 win at Blackpool last night in an FA Cup Third Round replay.
Speaking to Berkshire Live after his side’s win last night, Bowen outlined his plans for Southwood this month:
“Luke’s staying for the time being. Until I know exactly how the situation is going to develop with Mannone then it’s hard to make a decision on the keepers.”
Vito Mannone also returned to Reading this month, after a successful loan-spell in the MLS with Minnesota United.
His return means that Reading now have him, Southwood and Sam Walker all battling for the no.2 goalkeeper spot at the club, with Rafael having the starting spot on lock-down.
Bowen is yet to make a signing as Reading manager, but when asked about his transfer budget after last night’s win, the Welshman said:
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“I don’t know 100 per cent, but I would have thought it would be more things we could pick up on loan from clubs.
“Looking at the history of this window it’s difficult anyway because you end up paying over the odds – a lot of the players you want probably aren’t available so you don’t want to be spending big money on things which only tide you over for a few months.”
Bowen’s Reading reign has impressed everyone so far, and he could further better his reputation by signing a couple of players this month to ensure his side’s Championship status.
Transfer dealings are always tricky though, and Bowen will need to be careful with the club’s money. Southwood meanwhile will have to patient and see what happens with the likes of Mannone, but after a decent spell at Hamilton, he could land at a good club in the Football League.