So the window closes and no confirmed signings from Reading. There are rumours that Sissoko could still be confirmed but as we stand Reading will head into their next game with this squad, unless loans are added when the window re-opens in a week's time.
So having been out for the last two hours I return to the far from sweet sound of no transfer news.....
Might be time to be slightly worried.....
The 'voice of Reading FC' Tim Dellor has spoken and it's mixed news.
There is some furious activity going on. "Expect a striker before 11" i'm told. Hardly news! Apparently "2 deals have collapsed today".— Tim Dellor (@TimDellor) September 2, 2013
Another big rumour today has been that of former Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko who's currently with PSG in France. He managed just eight games for PSG and Fiorentina during a loan spell so could he be set to relaunch his career with Reading?
Well one twitter user sent this picture in suggesting it was Sissoko at the club hotel with the outgoing Jimmy Kebe, I'm never great with faces so make your own mind up.
@JonnyFordham @charles_watts been sent this pic from mate, taken yesterday at the hotel. #Kebe #Sissoko #readingfc pic.twitter.com/qnr6Zodagv— Pat Leverton (@pat_lev_) September 2, 2013
Charles Watts has been digging about and had this to say.
Silence is deafening at the moment from people at #readingfc over Sissoko.— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) September 2, 2013
Billy Sharp was one of the big rumours around all summer but it seems the Southampton striker won't be leaving the South Coast side today, that's according to PA journalist Simon Peach.
Sharp, Martin, Lee, Barnard & Forte will all be remaining at #SaintsFC for the time being.— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) September 2, 2013
So it's been confirmed, Adrian Mariappa has joined Palace. All the best Mapps, fee officially undisclosed but believed to be around £3m
Adrian Mariappa joins Crystal Palace http://t.co/GQWRGzUU63— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) September 2, 2013
Meanwhile the money continues to pile on at the bookies for Billy Sharp to join Reading.
The backing of Billy Sharp to Reading continues and is now as short as 2/1 with 10/1 available here -> http://t.co/Zs5f65LfKw #ReadingFC— Oddschanger (@Oddschanger) September 2, 2013
With the Mariappa deal all but done, Jem Karacan wishes his former teammate well. Just waiting for both clubs to officially confirm the news.
Gutted to see mapps leave! Wish him all the best at palace.— Jem Paul Karacan (@JemKaracan4) September 2, 2013
Well it's all gone quiet.... while we wait here's some elevator music. It runs for 10 hours so will take us pass the deadline in case of emergency non-buying.
So the Jerome account below does indeed seem to be a fake
That Cameron Jerome account which tweeted he was staying at Stoke doesn't seem to be real #readingfc— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) September 2, 2013
While Charles also suggests that the Jerome move could still be on.
Spoke to someone connected with Stoke this morning and they said Jerome can leave, should a suitable replacement come in #readingfc— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) September 2, 2013
While Cameron Jerome hints that maybe he's not Berkshire bound. Though there's no 'official' word as to whether that's Jerome's real account it must be said.
@turnerrafa ha ha wishful thinking— cameron jerome (@camjerome33) September 2, 2013
Some slightly more positive news from Charles Watts who pours cold water on the McCleary out rumours.
From what I'm told McCleary going absolutely nowhere. Is about to board a plane to join up with Jamaican national team #readingfc— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) September 2, 2013
Well one man who might replace Kebe/McCleary could be Stephen Hunt, that's according to TalkSport. He's currently a free agent after leaving recently relegated Wolves. He did initially provide a spark upon his return but at 32 and a chequered injury history could he still do a job? At least he's left-footed.
Hmmmm Garath McCleary now being linked with a move away from the club. Suddenly from having far too many wingers we could be looking at too few, especially with McAnuff injured.
We're hearing several Premier League clubs are weighing up a move for Reading's Garath McCleary: #SkyDeadlineDay— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) September 2, 2013
Mariappa 'on his way' according to Charles Watts.
Confirmed 100% now that Mariappa is on his way, don't know the exact fee though #readingfc— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) September 2, 2013
Meanwhile on the arrivals front, the current Get Reading reporter and regular Tilehurst End podcast guest Charles Watts says there might be some legs in the rumours that Reading are after Stoke striker Cameron Jerome.
On Cameron Jerome. Have heard things could be happening. But still seems to depend on Stoke bringing in a replacement #readingfc— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) September 2, 2013
Former Get Reading reporter Jonny Fordham gives a hint of the fee for Mariappa.
Mariappa at #CPFC training ground now - £3m deal #readingfc— Jonny Fordham (@JonnyFordham) September 2, 2013
You'd have to be happy with that if true. Making a profit on a player who didn't set the world alight last season wouldn't be a bad bit of business, especially when his last performance was at Peterborough....
Well that didn't take long!
Sky Sources understand that Crystal Palace are closing in on a deal for Reading defender Adrian Mariappa.#SkyDeadlineDay— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) September 2, 2013
Mariappa's one that we've suspected might be off given his lack of action so far this season. From the player's point of view a Premier League move would probably seem more appealing than sitting behind Kaspars Gorkss in the Reading pecking order.
Right so here it is... 9am and so far... nothing.
Nigel Adkins has long said he's after a couple of players and with Jimmy Kebe leaving the Madejski over the weekend there should be funds/space to add at least a couple. So far we've brought in Royston Drenthe, Danny Williams and Wayne Bridge, all of whom have had promising starts so let's hope we can maintain that quality of signing.
We wrote a week or so ago who might well leave while there was also plenty of transfer discussion on last week's podcast.
We'll do our best throughout the afternoon to keep you as updated as possible so stay tuned here and to @thetilehurstend