Reading do not need new signings in January, insists McDermott

The Royals boss believes that his squad are good enough to secure Premier League survival despite reports the owner is willing to make a number of additions in the transfer window

Reading manager Brian McDermott believes his squad are good enough to avoid relegation from the Premier League amid reports that owner Anton Zingarevich is ready to make 10 signings in January, including Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin.

McDermott’s men, who drew 0-0 with Norwich at the weekend to extend their winless run to 11 games, have a history of coming good as the season progresses – with a run of 15 wins from 17 games seeing them storm up the Championship table and towards promotion.

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And McDermott is looking to replicate such a revival, and believes new additions are not necessary due to the closely fought nature of their league results so far.

"To draw six games out of 10 shows how close we are, because when it’s a draw, it can go either way,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

"We won 15 games out of 17 and drew one [last season]. No one was getting excited then. We were just moving on from game to game."

Reading currently sit 18th in the Premier League following a fifth draw in their last six games, and despite failing to register a win, McDermott is confident in his team’s ability.

"We develop players and work really hard with the players we’ve got here," McDermott continued.

"In the last 10 years the club has come on leaps and bounds. It is a good time to be a Reading fan."

"Any time we can get a point or a win there is a feel good factor at the club. The players deserve what they are getting because they have reacted from some very poor results, put the work in, shown their resilience and given us a chance in recent games."