Reading FC boss Veljko Paunovic has hinted the Royals will try to sign a defender on a free transfer after a frustrating transfer window in January.
The Royals only brought in two new faces in January, with goalkeeper Karl Hein on loan from Arsenal and midfielder Tom Ince arriving on deadline day on loan from Stoke City, with Liam Moore going in the opposite direction.
But Paunovic has made no secret that he wants to try and add another defensive option to his squad, with Liverpool’s Rhys Williams among the players linked with a move to Reading in the latter stages of the window.
However, a move has not materialised, with Reading still operating under a transfer embargo meaning they can only have loan deals and free transfers, with EFL approval.
As such, Reading can now still sign free agents outside the transfer window, which Paunovic says the Royals will look to explore.
“We tried, now we have to look for options in free agency,” he said.
“We tried a few loans with Liverpool, with Stoke. We were very creative and active, but it was the best we could do.
“We’re going to look at the free agent market. We need to bring in someone who’s ready now.”
Reading currently sit 21st in the Championship, just two points above the relegation zone with 18 games remaining.
The Royals’ next game is away against Bristol City on Wednesday, before Paunovic’s men host Coventry City at the Select Car Leasing Stadium on Saturday.
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