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Reading boss says he is awaiting green light on transfer deals



Reading manager Steve Clarke says he’s awaiting the green light over a number of transfer deals which could be completed in the coming weeks.

Clarke is set to discuss transfer plans with the Thai owners

Clarke is set to discuss transfer plans with the Thai owners

The Royals have a number of positions they need to strengthen after a disappointing season in the Championship where they ended up finishing in 19th place, and Clarke has promised to add to his squad this summer.

They’ve been linked with various moves for players such as Stephen Quinn, Paul McShane, Wesley Foderingham, John Eustace, Orlando Sa and as well as others, but Clarke says there are a number of deals he’s ready to push through.

He told BBC Berkshire: “I’ve done a lot of work over the summer. Myself, Nick (Hammond), Nigel (Howe), Tony Spearing the scout. We’ve been out and about, bumping into a few people. Trying to line up a few deals.

“There are two and a half deals almost ready to be pushed over the line. I’m just waiting on the green light from the owners to do that.

“The green light will come from Thailand. The owners, the co-owners will come to a decision and will feed back to me through Nigel or Nick.

“It normally takes me a bit of time to work through everybody who works above me. I speak to Nick, to Nigel, to Pairoj (Piempongsant), who is the representative of the Thai owners, and then normally after a little while I get a decision.

“The deals are progressing. But I would think that in the next three or four days if they don’t come in and sign for us then they will move elsewhere.”

Clarke also outlined that he needs a new goalkeeper, a centre back, at least one midfielder, and two new strikers before the beginning of the season, as he prepares to try push for a top six finish next year.

Although the Royals had a dismal season in the league,  the FA Cup run was the highlight of the campaign where they lost to eventual winners Arsenal in the semi-final after taking them to extra time.

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