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Transfer Deadline Day - Rumours And Discussion

01 February 2016
By Hob Nob Anyone?

It's January transfer deadline day once again, but it is expected to be much quieter for Reading this time around after the recent arrivals of Deniss Rakels, Yann Kermorgant and George Evans. Brian McDermott has hinted that he is unlikely to be adding to his squad today as the transfer window closes. Reading fans aren't expecting any new signings with nearly two thirds of fans expecting the Royals to fail to sign anyone before the end of the day. However, over 20 percent are still expecting McDermott to pick up at least one new player.

The biggest rumour of the day so far is that Swansea City are interested in signing Danny Williams and have put in an offer to get the player. Williams was also linked with Middlesbrough earlier in the month after a good run of form for Reading. Williams was very impressive at the weekend during Reading's 4-0 victory over Walsall in the FA Cup, creating the second goal with a superb pass in for Quinn to cross, and scoring a fine goal after a run from the half way line. There currently appears to be little substance to the rumour, and it's likely to be the first of many as the day goes on.

Joining Williams on the "unlikely" rumour list is the arrival of goalkeeper Julian Speroni on loan from Crystal Palace. Manager Alan Pardew has already ruled out the goalkeeper moving even though he has failed to get any first team action this season. With that rumour dead it has moved on to former Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy arriving on loan. McCarthy joined Palace for 3.5 million in the summer from QPR and made six appearances at the start of the season before losing his place.

Staying with Crystal Palace, there is another vague rumour that Alan Pardew may be interested in defender Jake Cooper. At just 20 years old Cooper is bound to attract rumours with his obvious potential, and other clubs including Stoke have also been quoted as taking a look.

Check out the dedicated discussion topic to see the latest transfer rumours and get involved in the discussion.


Discussion On This Story:


» 01 Feb 2016 01:12

Think our squad is good enough for now depending on departures.

Reckon we will see 1 in 1 out.


» 01 Feb 2016 01:16

They have already said we're not going to be signing anymore players, I reckon that will be how it turns out.

 Pepe the Horseman

» 01 Feb 2016 08:05

Cox out on loan. That's it.


» 01 Feb 2016 08:07

Our squads fine. Can't see us signing anyone.


» 01 Feb 2016 09:08

We maybe could use a backup right back, but I don't see it happening.


» 01 Feb 2016 09:09

He is not actively chasing anyone however if someone significant becomes available then there is money there, right back cover was looked at earlier in the window and believe this is the only position he is looking at. do not be surprised though if a keeper becomes available somewhere for us not to act.


» 01 Feb 2016 09:20

Depends what you class as good enough for...

Good enough to not get relegated...YES


» 01 Feb 2016 10:34

Sky Sports stating Williams to Swansea - fee agreed. Now down to player. Big loss if he goes.

 Winston Smith

» 01 Feb 2016 10:43

Sky Sports stating no fee agreed -


» 01 Feb 2016 10:45

Not what the woman live at the ground has just said - TWICE!

Fee agreed, down to player.

 Winston Smith

» 01 Feb 2016 10:48

that link has a quote from her - 'nothing is agreed'. I refuse to ever switch on SSN so can't be sure if they are completely misquoting her.


» 01 Feb 2016 10:48

If he does go, I really hope we have a replacement lined up. Nobody currently in our squad that's as box to box as Williams is.

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