Chairman Mao no actual purchases allowed, but the transfer embargo has lots of caveats - its quite a soft "embargo" as i see itThe embargo continues to allow Royals to sign players on a free transfer or on loan, but the club is not allowed to spend any money on transfer fees and players' wages must be sensible.
Clubs can also show that there is a bona fide need to strengthen and that there is room within the squad to add players.
For instance, as things stand, Reading only have four senior defenders contracted to the club for next season, so they would be allowed reinforcements in this area.
The senior squad at Reading currently stands at 18.
Clubs under embargo are allowed to add to the squad where they have fewer than 23 established players. that does not include academy players under 21.
i guess if there is a big sale, we may also be allowed to spend a small portion of that money on someone
and we can always work around it with some creative loan deal accountancy too
So we can bring in 7 players to bring us up to 23. And we could also sign a left back or two, and a couple of wingers. Presumably the forward whohas been on loan in Scotland since Bannockburn doesn’t count as part of the squad given he’s hardly an ‘established’ player. Would Araruna count ? Tetek ? Southwood ?