Hammond delighted with Reading FC transfer activityBy Jonny Fordham
July 18, 2012
Nick Hammond is delighted to have all of Reading’s transfer targets on board for their pre-season trip to Portugal.
Royals’ director of football has worked closely with manager Brian McDermott to secure the services of seven new players.
Garath McCleary, Pavel Pogrebnyak, Danny Guthrie, Nicky Shorey, Adrian Mariappa and Chris Gunter will be part of the new-look squad that touches down in Portugal for the club’s pre-season training camp this afternoon.
Centre-back Pierce Sweeney, 17, will remain at home with the development team.
“We’re pleased with the business we have done and are making really good progress,” said Hammond.
“We’re a long way ahead of where we were this time last year.
“The aim was to get the players that we wanted prior to Portugal and we have done well with that and are in reasonably good shape.
“It’s a nice position to be in. Normally at this time of the year I’m looking at who I’m going to sell to balance the books, which is what we have done since we were last in the Premier League.
“That’s the model that we have run before, but it’s different to that this summer. It’s a much better situation to be in. Players are players, though, and you always have to make a good decision whether they are a £100,000 player or a £10million player.”
Hammond will fly out to Portugal with owner Anton Zingarevich in time for Reading’s game against Sheffield Wednesday next Tuesday. Wednesday boss Dave Jones is expected to agree a fee for Michail Antonio in the region of £700,000.
Hammond added: “I will probably go to that game. I’m going to meet up with the owner and have a couple of days there with him.”
Reading FC left-back Joseph Mills yesterday joined Burnley on a 12-month loan deal.