Reading favourite Brynjar Gunnarsson insists the club will still be attractive to free agents despite the current off-field saga dragging toward pre-season.

Gunnarsson, who joined the Royals in 2005, spent eight years in Berkshire and racked up 163 appearances- including two Championship titles.

A decade on from his exit, the club have been passed from one rogue owner to the next and appear a million miles away from the Premier League.

After owning the club for seven years, Dai Yongge put the club on the market last season amid a string of protests and supporters had hoped the club would have changed hands by now.

However, a club statement last week confirmed that talks remain ongoing with multiple parties after a period of exclusivity ran up with an unnamed party.

Of course, this uncertainty puts any plans for next season on hold, with Ruben Selles and his backroom staff unable to make signings at this moment.

Despite this, Gunnarsson remains sure that the club will be attractive to prospective players.

"You will probably wait another week or two to see what happens but if you get players interested in between contracts- it’s not a nice feeling," the combative midfielder told BBC Radio Berkshire. "Not that you should capitalise on that but there are a lot of players out there that would be interested in coming to Reading. The training ground is well located and you have the fanbase and the stadium, it just needs a bit of work behind the scenes."

The 48-year-old is keen to progress into coaching, enjoying spells in Sweden before returning to his native Iceland last year.