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Royals boss will have to wheel and deal in transfer market

Published: 29 Nov 2012 11:303 comments

READING boss Brian McDermott is set to strengthen his squad in January - but admits he has little cash to spend.

Big challenge: Brian McDermott prowls the touchline during Tuesday's defeat at Aston Villa. The Reading manager says he has little money to spend in the January transfer window.
Pic: Chris Forsey.

Bookmakers reacted to Tuesday night's 1-0 loss at Villa Park by making Reading favourites for the drop.

And they now face a monumental December, including potential relegation six-pointers at Sunderland and Southampton mixed in with daunting fixtures against Manchester United this Saturday (5.30pm ko), Arsenal and current champions Manchester City.

The pressure is steadily mounting on McDermott to turn Reading's fortunes around and it is believed the 51-year-old will attempt to bring in at least two new players in the New Year.

However, he will not be given a bumper transfer kitty by Russian owner Anton Zingarevich and may be forced to dip in to the loan market.

Speaking exclusively to the Reading Chronicle, McDermott said: "We think we can do some business in January, but there isn't a lot of money. There aren't large sums of money floating around the club, regardless of what people might think."

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