Reading boss Veljko Paunovic has told Berkshire Live that the club will refuse to rule out the prospect of bringing in more free agents before the January transfer window.
The Royals are currently operating under strict embargo rules as a result of financial mismanagement and as a result of this Paunovic has been limited to wheeling and dealing in order to bring new players through the door.
Scott Dann, Alen Halilovic and Junior Hoilett were all brought in on free transfers as the Riyals signed six new players over the summer and it now seems that their could be scope for more arrivals of that nature at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.
Speaking recently on the prospect of bringing more players in, Paunovic was quick to outline his and the club’s current stance:
“It’s a possibility [signing free agents] but it’s not easy to do that because there are so many things involved in bringing anyone in at this point.
“You have to look at the players who may be available and firstly, we have to get permission to get them in and then we have to look at their fitness.”
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Despite finding it tough to bring in reinforcements in the previous transfer window, the Royals currently occupy 16th place in the Sky Bet Championship standings and are performing adequately given the circumstances.
The Royals will be looking to achieve a first win in four games this evening as they visit the Den to take on Millwall.
Signing free agents at this stage of the campaign is always attached with a lot of risk but as Reading know all too well, they are extremely limited over what players they can bring in.
Many will question why these free agents have gone without a club for so long and rightly so when a club is considering whether to use up some of the wage budget on them.
Given that there isn’t too much longer until January rolls around, Reading may well wish to wait and bide their time over this.
Knee jerk decisions could be disastrous for them in their current situation.