Here's one from left-field for you: former Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi is currently training with the Royals with a view to making the move to Hogwood a permanent one.
The goalkeeper has made over 100 appearances in the Premier League, as well as over 100 caps for the Oman national team. The trial will only last a few days and will give the coaching team the opportunity to get to know the 33-year-old a little better, giving them a chance to properly assess the experienced goalie before offering him a contract.
Al-Habsi will spend his trial training with Dave Beasant, the former England international who joined the staff team last week.
The news will come as a welcome relief to even the most pessimistic of Reading fans, who have been crying out for a goalkeeper since the news of Federici and Andersen's departures last month, which left the club with only young Stuart Moore as goalkeeper in the squad.
What do you think, Reading fans? Is Al-Habsi what we need, or should we be looking elsewhere? Let us know below.