Veljko Paunovic addresses Reading transfer plans ahead of January window


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Reading head coach Veljko Paunovic has revealed he could sign new signings without having to dispose of any bodies in the upcoming January transfer window.

The Royals have had a quiet summer due to a transfer embargo – it wasn’t until mid-August that they were able to bring in free transfers and loans after breaking profit and sustainability rules of the EFL.

However, shrewd business has been done – people like Scott Dann and Alen Halilovic arrived for free while Andy Carroll arrived later in the season.

Speculation has surrounded some of Paunovic’s current players, however, including talisman John Swift and goalkeeper Rafael Cabral.

A Brazilian publication has revealed that Rafael is set to end his contract with the Berkshire club according to the Reading Chronicle (Dec.31, 2:16 p.m.), Paunovic declined to comment on this speculation.

What he has commented is that he will be looking to add new players to his squad without necessarily letting someone important go.

“The last thing we want is to lose someone, but anything can happen” Paunovic said, according to the Reading Chronicle (Dec.31, 2:13 p.m.).

“We have things in place, we have a plan to replace players who might have an interest from other clubs.

“But we will be active and look to add depth to the team and reinforcements… if possible.”

The Serb has also confirmed that the club are in talks to extend Andy Carroll’s short-term contract after appearing five times so far for the Royals, scoring once.

The verdict

January could be a very busy month at Select Car Leasing Stadium in terms of entry and exit.

Reading is always limited in terms of the business they can do and they have to adhere to a strict business plan, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get anyone at all.

Of course, things also depend on John Swift’s situation – after his start to the season he will be in demand, but the Royals want a big sum to drop him mid-season regardless of his contractual status.

Hold on to Reading fans – January could be hectic.



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