Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

Adkins plans for promotion push

Nigel Adkins is planning to be active scouting players this weekend

Reading manager Nigel Adkins will use a weekend away from the dugout to scout players he believes can help him achieve immediate promotion back to the Barclays Premier League.

The Royals play their last home game of the season when they welcome Manchester City to the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday evening but Adkins plans to remain active over the course of the weekend.

The former Southampton manager admitted on Friday he had "crammed 48 hours into 24" in his search for new recruits to his squad ahead of a tough npower Championship campaign next year.

The club have already been linked with a number of players, including Motherwell midfielder Chris Humphreys, and Adkins admits he will not be putting his feet up and watching the Premier League results roll in on Sunday afternoon.

"It's not a clear weekend at all," he said.

"It is a great opportunity for us to review one or two targets for the summer. At this stage of the season the recruitment side of things kicks in at all football clubs and that'll be no different with ourselves.

"There are plenty of games throughout Europe for us to go and watch with the targets that we have got."

With a number of targets in place, the Reading squad could look very different at the start of next season to the one inherited by Adkins when he replaced Brian McDermott in March.

Captain Jobi McAnuff, top goalscorer Adam Le Fondre and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy have been linked with moves away from the Berkshire club but Adkins will not be divulging any transfer plans as he targets a successful season and an immediate top-flight return.

"Of course whatever we do, we do privately," he added. "There'll be lots of speculation about players coming in, players going out - but we'll do our business as privately as we can, not getting involved in speculation."

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