Reading manager Nigel Adkins has revealed that he will not be interested in bringing players just for the sake of strengthening the squad. This action has resulted in many clubs suffering severe financial problems over the years, and Adkins does not want the same fate to fall on Reading.
The club was recently relegated from the Premier league, and they are one of the favourites to get promoted into the top division from the Championship this season. This is due to the significant amount of money they will get in the form of parachute payments, which will continue for the next three years.
Reading, though, have had a busy transfer window so far, as they have brought in the likes of Danny Williams and Wayne Bridge. However, the club had been linked with names like Charlie Austin and Gary Hooper only to see them sign for other clubs. If they had come to Madejski Stadium, then they would have cost in excess of £ 7 million combined. Even though manager Adkins has admitted that there is still work that needs to be done in the transfer window, he is not prepared to bring in players if the fee is not right.
The club will be hosting play-off finalists from last season – Watford – at home in the first match of the season.
“Conversations have been going on. We’re talking about different things, but we want to do things privately. I’d like to think we will bring some more players in. I want a strong squad. Every player that’s in Europe, we would have seen and made an assessment on. Then it’s a question of, is that player available and can we afford that player? We’re looking for next year as well. You have to look in advance of where you are,” said Adkins.