Reading are continuing to search for a new striker, despite the transfer window closing at the end of August.

The Royals are still able to bring in free agents as they aim to bring in reinforcements to the attack following injuries to Yakou Meite, Lucas Joao and Femi Azeez.

When asked whether the club would be looking to bring in depth in the striking area, Paunovic said: "Losing Lucas Joao and Yakou Meite through injury and Michael Olise at the end of last season is around 40 goals that we have lost.

"It is obvious we need depth in that area and goals."

"That's something we'll look at if it is available to us." 

The Royals boss went on to confirm that any deals would have to go through the EFL who would need to sign off the transfer as Reading continue with financial restrictions.

Paunovic refused to be drawn on rumours linking the club with former Liverpool and Newcastle United forward Andy Carroll, who is currently a free agent.

The Serbian manager went on to praise the impact of the six new faces that arrived at the club this summer.

"All of the new signings have been excellent in training.

"They have all been very enthusiastic and keen to find out more about the club and our culture.

"We've had a lot of meetings with both the team and one-to-one and they have been great.

"Training has been fantastic, we're getting back to our mood from the past."