Reading manager Paul Ince has revealed bringing in new recruits this summer ‘has been tough’ due to the club’s transfer embargo.

The Royals were penalised for breaching profit and sustainability rules and have been punished by not being able to sign players which regard a fee.

Relaying on the loan and free agent markets, Reading have signed 10 new players so far, and hope to bring several new faces throughout August.

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This has been coupled with many numerous players arriving at the club on trial, with some of the most notable names being Connor Wickham and Josh Murphy.

Speaking to the press, Ince said: “I think as a manager you always want more and it has been tough.

“This is not want you to do two weeks/10 days before a season starts and that’s keep having trialists come in as you want to have a settled side.

“But I did think we had to do something.

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“We missed our whole midfield last year and the embargo, it’s been really tough but we have liked what we have brought in and we’re looking forward to the start of the season.”

However, the 54-year-old is confident in adding former Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town defender Naby Sarr, and Porto midfielder Mamadou Loum to the squad in the coming days.

He continued: “Naby has been here all week training but everything we do has to go through the EFL so these things take time.

“We have to wait for the EFL to sanction players for us to join and Naby is one of them.

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“They have to sanction deals for players.”

“And hopefully Mamadou Loum will be in tomorrow, fingers crossed.

“We’re excited about that. When you look at our team we need some strength in there.

“The Championship is so demanding with 46 games and we need some power.

“So to get Loum it will be nice.”

Reading will begin their 10th consecutive year in the Championship away at Blackpool on July 30.