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Reading FC’s Jaap Stam Speaks Transfer Window, Sone Aluko, And Bristol City

He’s a relatively happy man.

Reading v Fulham - Sky Bet Championship Play Off: Second Leg Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

International football is over, which means proper league football is back - and with it, press conferences. Jaap Stam has sat down with the local press ahead of The Royals’ game with Bristol City, and covered the transfer window, the possibility of signing free agents, and more.

On the transfer window, and trying to get that striker

Stam was understandably happy with the summer transfer window, and particularly how much the new Chinese owners backed him and his staff over the course of the summer.

He also mentioned that elusive proven goalscorer signing he - and Reading fans everywhere - craved.

Free signing incoming?

Just because the transfer window is shut, doesn’t man Brian Tevreden and co can’t make any more additions to the squad.

The international break was welcome

As recorded in GetReading, Stam felt the international break came at the right time.

"We needed these two weeks to get players back into the squad, get them fit and work with them again, including new players.”

Good news on the Kermorgant front, who may be back in the starting XI sooner than we expected.

While left back Obita, who signed a new contract recently, is close to a return as well.

On signing Aluko from Fulham

Aluko, who is reportedly Reading’s record signing, was not as expensive as the media would lead you to believe. Could this be a bargain in the making?

Back at the Mad Stad

So, league football returns this weekend with Bristol City visiting the Madejski Stadium.

"To play at home in front of our fans give us a good feeling. But we're playing a very good team and it won't be easy.

"They've had a few changes but are doing well. We still need to give everything if we want to get a result.

"We need to dig in and work hard, starting Saturday."

Ah, Championship football, it’s good to have you back.