According to The Sun, Reading will now need permission from the EFL to sign new players, with the Royals being placed under a soft transfer embargo.

It has also been reported that Sheffield Wednesday are under the same ban.

Reading have received the transfer ban as a result of breaching the profit and sustainability rules over the past three years.

A soft embargo means that they are able to buy players right now, although the EFL have to give them the go ahead to do so, although they have also agreed a plan with the EFL to sell a number of players in June in order to bring in new additions in July.

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It is believed that the Royals’ large wage bill has played a big part in them breaching the rules, as well as pay offs to former managers, such as Paul Clement, who was sacked in December 2018.

As a result of the plan Reading have agreed with the EFL, manager José Gomes is reportedly looking to sell the likes of Adrian Popa, David Meyler and Marc McNulty before the end of June.

In fact, all of the unwanted players will train with the under-23’s if they have not been sold by the time they are scheduled to report back for pre-season, whilst for those players, it is a week later than the rest of the squad.

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It is set to be an interesting summer for Reading, who will be looking to improve on last seasons 20th place finish in the Championship.

Although this transfer ban isn’t ideal, there should not be a huge problem for the Royals in terms of bringing in new players if they are able to offload the necessary amount ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.


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