READING FC defender Liam Moore backed Jose Gomes’ transfer policy as the manager prepares a second exodus in six months.

Royals have hit a financial wall and need to shift several first-team players before they can bring fresh blood in.

The Portuguese Manager admitted next season’s fortunes could be settled in the coming weeks and said it is imperative Royals can move players on. Several players are out of contract while others will be sold for cut-price deals.

Gomes said: “The success of next season depends on the next two or three weeks.

“Some things aren’t in our hands but some are. We need to reduce the number of players, reduce the wage bill and bring in some money.

“It’s going to be difficult but that’s our job.”

Gomes axed several first-team players in his first month at Madejski Stadium. He caused controversy by banishing a group from first-team training while also telling them they could not eat alongside his squad.

David Meyler was loaned to Coventry City, Marc McNulty headed to Hibernian and Vito Mannone joined Minnesota FC in the MLS.

Meanwhile, Sone Aluko, Dave Edwards and Adrian Popa were also told they had no future in RG2 and the trio secured moves elsewhere.

Royals then loaned in Lewis Baker, Ovie Ejaria, Matt Miazga, Emiliano Martinez and long-term target Nelson Oliveira.

The loanees were pivotal in the club’s survival in the second-tier and fans have urged the club to secure permanent deals for the quintuplet.

Royals have first dibs on Oliveira due to a clause in his contract while Matt Miazga recently admitted he has not ruled out a move to Madejski Stadium.

However, the club’s financial crisis means they may struggle to lure them away from their parent clubs.

And skipper Liam Moore stressed Royals will need to be creative if they are to bring quality players to Berkshire over the summer.

Speaking about the manager’s transfer policy, he stated: “In my opinion, in January we got rid of some players who weren’t strong enough to fight the battle and we signed some players who were.

“We fought, we played for each other. It was a team, not individuals. We dug in and we managed to get the job done in the end.

“There is a much better feeling now compared to last season. We finished on a high so we have to build on that.

“The recruitment in the summer has to be very similar too in January. That’s in terms of mentality - that’s the main thing because it gets you further than individual ability.

“We need some experience and championship know-how. It’s going to have to be a creative window. We don’t want to be scrapping. I’m coming into my peak years and I want to compete at the top end of the division.”

Moore was at the centre of a long-running transfer saga last summer amid interest from Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion.

He was disappointed after the club rejected a bid of around £10m and handed in a formal transfer request.

However, following a conversation with Royals’ Chinese owners, and a bumper new deal was put on the table, the fans’ favourite opted to stay in Berkshire.

And he assured supporters he will not be pushing for a move in the upcoming transfer window.

He concluded: “The club has financial problems and that’s very open for everybody to see. I absolutely won’t be pushing anything - I’m very thankful for what the club did for me and my family last summer.

“If I am here I’ll give 110 per cent as I always have.”