Reading boss Ruben Selles has warned 'opportunistic' clubs signing his players for cheap prices 'what goes around comes around.'

Six players left the Royals in the winter transfer window, including the likes of Tom McIntyre for just £75,000.

Luton Town signed both Tom Holmes and Taylan Harris for small 'undisclosed' fees as well as trying to pick up Nelson Abbey- who turned them down in favour of Olympiacos.

Despite interest in the likes of Femi Azeez, Sam Smith and Harvey Knibbs, the club have managed to keep hold of their key performers as the club fights to stay in League One.

When asked about the nature of football and the cut-price bids received for players, the Spaniard turned to metaphor.

"Other clubs need to remember that this is a wheel," he said. "Sometimes you are up there and able to do it, but sometimes you are down there, and people will do what you’ve been doing."

Delving deeper into the nature of these bids, Selles confirmed: "I know where we are- everybody knows where we are. Can we get better fees for our players? For sure. Other clubs and agents saw this and perhaps saw some opportunities to get a better price than they used to get because of the situation that we are in. It is how you trade, if you see an opportunity, you just go and buy it. I think people have been a bit opportunistic with us, they know that we need it, and they try to put in ridiculous offers."

Reading will still be unable to pay fees for players until at least January 2025 and were not able to contribute a penny toward the addition of Zane Monlouis who arrived from Arsenal on deadline day.