Berkshire news Carroll's contract among big Reading transfer calls in January for Paul Ince PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - A closer look at some of the crucial decisions facing Reading FC boss Paul Ince and head of football operations Mark Bowen going into the upcoming January transfer window

Berkshire news Carroll's contract among big Reading transfer calls in January for Paul Ince PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - A closer look at some of the crucial decisions facing Reading FC boss Paul Ince and head of football operations Mark Bowen going into the upcoming January transfer window

Berkshire news Carroll's contract among big Reading transfer calls in January for Paul Ince PremierLeague-News.Com
22 November 2022 - 12:46

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Reading FC are at their limit when it comes to numbers in the first-team squad after a busy summer window plus subsequent free transfers. Andy Carroll's arrival in mid-September signalled the end of Royals' transfer business for a few months at least before the window opens up again at the start of 2023. While January is just over a month away, there are still several big calls facing manager Paul Ince and head of football operations Mark Bowen going into the window. READ MORE: Reading star evacuates from hotel while on World Cup duty in Qatar Two players - Carroll and Amadou Mbengue - signed short-term contracts when they joined the club in September and for both, their deals expire in the middle of January. The pair and club must, therefore, weigh up their options for what is best going forward. Carroll, who turns 34 on Friday, January 6, has scored twice in his 11 appearances this season in what is his second spell with the club. He is one of four senior striker options facing Ince, alongside Lucas Joao, Shane Long and Yakou Meite. When fit, the quartet give the manager plenty of options in attack as they all offer something different but there may be a case for him to be moved on to allow the club to strengthen in another area of the squad. Mbengue, meanwhile, has played on eight occasions since being signed on a free transfer. The Frenchman, who normally operates as a holding midfielder, has performed admirably in recent weeks by helping cover in defence. The former Metz player does offer versatility as he can play in midfield, wing-back and defence which is a valuable trait in a squad which has been struck hard by injuries this season. The 20-year-old has shown plenty of raw potential with his enthusiastic and committed displays and unless he receives a much better offer elsewhere, it's hard to see why he wouldn't be kept on by Reading. Reading's Amadou Mbengue (Image: PA) Meanwhile, the two other big calls facing Ince and Bowen, regards centre-back pairing Liam Moore and Scott Dann. Both are yet to feature for the club this season due to knee and hamstring injuries respectively. Moore is expected to be back at some point in December, while Dann's comeback is predicted to be in January. The pair's futures are far from certain, however, due to a variety of issues.

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. The centre-back was stripped of the Reading captaincy in the middle of January for what the club say was as a result of asking to leave. He subsequently joined Stoke City on January deadline day for the remainder of the 2021/22 campaign but made only four appearances as a serious knee injury curtailed his time in the Potteries. There were some doubts the injury was so serious he might have to hang up his boots but after surgery, the Jamaica international is now firmly on the road to recovery. Fans tend to be split about whether they want to see Moore back in a Reading shirt, given his recent past. The 29-year-old's contract is up next summer and with it highly unlikely he will be kept on, the January window represents the final chance for Royals to not only open up a space in the squad but also secure some money for the defender. The former is arguably more important in the short term with the embargo preventing the club from paying out any transfer fees on players. Moore will want several games at least to prove his worth before any decision is made on his future. The manager must weigh up where the player fits in, given his options at centre-back. When all fully fit, Ince has as many as six players to call upon in Naby Sarr, Sam Hutchinson, Tom Holmes, Tom McIntyre and Dann. Reading defender Scott Dann (Image: Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images) Former Crystal Palace man Dann is now in his second season in Berkshire having joined on a free in the summer of 2021. In his 18 appearances he has shown real quality but at 35, age is clearly catching up on him and his injury record is no better proof of that. With retirement likely to be around the corner for the veteran, he and the club must decide whether it is worth him sticking around for the second half of the season or decide to part ways to give him a better chance of playing on a more regular basis. It is difficult to see him being any more than just a bit part player at Reading - providing others are not injured - while ending his contract early would also open up another place in the squad for Ince to strengthen. The January window is a notoriously difficult one and generally, clubs prefer to do business in the summer when the market is calmer. Ince and Bowen know, however, the importance of building on what has been put in place so far and even just a few minor tweaks to the squad could make all the difference to how the season pans out. READ NEXT Reading star evacuates from hotel while on World Cup duty in Qatar Young Reading stars head for '36 hours in Paris' during World Cup break Paul Ince delivers verdict on England's World Cup chances ahead of Iran opener Reading star Luke Southwood bags EFL accolade after starring for loan club Cheltenham Paul Ince's message for Reading FC World Cup stars as he makes admission about Hull City win

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