Reading boss Steve Coppell has revealed he has been in talks to bring two new players to the Madejski Stadium to bolster a squad that will soon be losing defenders Ibrahima Sonko and Andre Bikey plus midfielder Emerse Fae for the African Nations Cup finals.

He said: "We have a couple of in-coming transfers that might be happening but nothing imminent.

"I would hope that whatever signings we make are long-term signings, not four-month ones. I can't see us making a panic signing.

"Given our position in the table we need to strengthen defensively and in terms of numbers in midfield as well, on the right side.

"We have had our specific targets and with a couple of those we have had knock-backs, a couple of them look promising but everyone is just waiting to see and the fact that there are still three league games this month could still make a significant impact on the team's need to bring players in.

"If we had had something lined up we would have done it even by now. But are we desperate? No. If we get nobody would I be losing any sleep? No. If we can sign players who can be of long-term advantage to this club then we will."