McDermott - Signings unlikely

  • Last Updated: August 29 2012, 17:36 BST

Reading manager Brian McDermott has ruled out a transfer deadline day scramble for players at the Madejski Stadium.

McDermott: Not expecting any further business

The Royals have recruited heavily since winning the npower Championship last season, bringing in nine new faces, and McDermott believes the squad is already strong enough to hold its own in the Barclay Premier League.

"We've signed seven senior players and two younger players, that's right up there in this league," he said.

"I don't think there will be any more signings, but you can never say never.

"We've got five strikers, there aren't many teams in this league with five strikers."

McDermott denies reports linking Reading with West Ham marksman Carlton Cole and Notts County winger Alan Judge.

"Cole plays for West Ham, so I don't know where that story has come from," he said.

"Someone might have looked at Judge, but not me. He's a good player, but we have a lot of players in his position."

McDermott is eager not to dwell on Tuesday night's 3-2 Capital One Cup second-round victory over Peterborough.

Abysmal defending from both sides contributed to a frenzied seven-minute spell that produced four goals and McDermott was displeased by the display against the Championship team.

"Last week we played really well against Chelsea and probably should have got a result of some kind," he said.

"Against Peterborough we won. It wasn't ideal, but we won. We're in the next round and the performance will be forgotten quickly."