READING FC vice captain Chris Gunter stressed Royals will only sign a player who can make an immediate impact to the club's relegation battle.

Teams around the country have until 11pm tonight (Wednesday) to bolster their squads as the transfer deadline looms.

Reading have already added defender Tommy Elphick to their ranks on a season-long loan from Aston Villa.

Royals have been linked with moves for a striker and a left-back but nothing has materialised.

Jaap Stam stated publicly he was interested in bringing Derby County striker Chris Martin to Madejski Stadium on loan and could re-ignite his desire for the 29-year-old today.

But Welsh international Gunter stressed Royals will be very selective should they bring anyone to the club on deadline day.

"That's something that as a player you don't get involved in," stressed Gunter.

"The way football is these days, when the transfer window comes around it's like a TV show, Sky Sports actually make it into a TV show on the last day.

"As soon as one player signs they don't even talk about that player they look at who they're going for next.

"I'm sure that if we were to sign a player (on deadline day) the first thing people would say is okay well who is next.

"That's the way it is in modern day football. I'm sure the club are looking at what's best for this club and this squad.

"We have players here who haven't played as much this season and feel they could come into our team and do well.

"I don't think it's a case that we need numbers, I think if we were going to sign a player then it would be to make a real impact.

"As a player you just get on with it and leave all that nonsense with the talk and rumours alone."

The 28-year-old, who recently completed the 250-game milestone for the Royals, was linked with a move away from Reading during the last transfer window.

However, Gunter put pen-to-paper on a fresh deal to squash the speculation.

And he insisted he will pay no attention to any transfer rumours today.

"I couldn't think of anything worse," he continued.

"They report that this player is here and another player is there and then you get linked with another club.

"What they fail to realise is that's someone's lives they're actually talking about.

"They link players to different clubs and shove different players into action.

"I stay away from all that stuff, I'll be watching something else."