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McDermott Hints At Quiet Deadline Day

While basking in the warm afterglow of a 4-0 win over Walsall in the FA Cup, Brian McDermott snuck in a blow to those hoping for a busy transfer deadline day.

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Reading have been fairly active during the January transfer window so far but manager Brian McDermott has hinted he'll be a fairly relaxed man on Monday's transfer deadline day.

Having already secured the signings of Yann Kermorgant, George Evans and Deniss Rakels it now appears that Reading's January business might well be over at least that's what Brian told the BBC when they asked him if he'd be active on Monday.

"I'm not sure, I don't think so but never say never. I'll be around anyway but my honest view is we probably won't do anything."

On the one hand you wouldn't expect Brian to be giving much away at this stage of the game but on the other there doesn't seem many areas where Reading are currently crying out for immediate investment. With the team 15th in the Championship and now 12 points behind 6th placed Birmingham a promotion tilt seems a faint hope at best and with the chances of getting a bargain in January usually pretty slim I can't say I blame Brian for shying away from late activity.

Nick Blackman and Orlando Sa both departed the club this month as has Paolo Hurtado on loan so with three in and three out it seems a fairly balanced window thus far. What might be out of Brian's control is another team swooping in for a Reading player and with Hal Robson-Kanu and Chris Gunter out of contract this summer you'd think a sizeable bid might force their hand.

Regardless, with the loan window opening a week after deadline day there's always the chance to add someone if an injury did strike at a key position like striker, right-back or goalkeeper.

So folks what do you reckon, is Brian bluffing us or will we have a quiet Monday?