Reading squad good enough for promotion, claims Hammond

Reading failed to add to their squad during the January transfer window, but Nick Hammond believes they still have enough quality to launch a promotion bid.

The ongoing uncertainty surrounding the ownership of the Royals meant they were unable to make any signings during the window, as several interested parties look to take control of the Championship club. Chairman John Madejski has held discussions with a number of these potential suitors, yet has yet to strike a deal with any.

Meanwhile, on the pitch, the Madejski Stadium club are boiling along nicely despite the 2-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend. Nigel Adkins’ side remain in a playoff position, with a three point advantage over seventh place Ipswich Town, as they look to make an instant return to the Premier League.

Although Adkins would have liked to have added to his pool of options when the window was open, he was relieved to have kept his squad together, particularly as Cardiff City were said to be interested in strike Adam Le Fondre. And with a number of first team members returning to fitness, Hammond believes there is enough quality at the club.

“We have got a number of players coming back from injury and we have a strong squad,” said the director of football. “Unfortunately the ownership issues prevented us from adding to the squad, but more importantly we did not lose anyone and managed to keep the group together.”


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