McDermott's super transfer-market sweep at Reading FCBy Jonny Fordham
August 09, 2012
Brian McDermott had a clean sweep in landing every single one of his transfer targets.
The Reading boss has added seven new faces to his squad this summer and has been linked with even more players.
But he insists that despite all of the rumours and specualtion surrounding scores of other players, the only names he went for were the ones that he eventually brought through the door.
And the former chief scout hasn’t been short of agents contacting him offering their clients’ services since promotion to the Premier League and Anton Zingarevich’s £25million buyout either.
“I’ve had a lot of agents in touch, loads even,” said McDermott.
“But each and every player that I have got have all been targets of mine. All the players I went for, I got. Anyone I didn’t want I didn’t go for.”
Just last week both Royals and West Bromwich Albion had to come out and deny any truth linking Shane Long with a return to Madejski Stadium this summer.
Reports claimed that the Reading fan’s favourite was subject of a £5.5million bid from McDermott and that he was ready to quit the Hawthorns to return to Berkshire.
McDermott has had to also bat away questions surrounding wild specualtion linking him with moves for players from World Cup and Champions League winner Filippo Inzaghi to former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United striker Michael Owen.
“For me – anything else that goes on in the background is irrelevant as there’s loads going on,” admitted McDermott.
“It’s out of my control and it doesn’t matter to me in one way or another.
"It’s like people having a chat down the pub about who we might sign. We did the business that we wanted to do.”