Reading are reportedly set for a mass exit as four first-team players have been given the green light to leave the League One side this summer, including former England international Andy Carroll, according to journalist Eddie Wallbank.
The League One side have recently received a point deduction, as well as an additional suspended deduction as they continue to experience issues off the field. Similarly, vice-captain Tom Holmes has also been given the green light to depart but now three additional players have joined him.
Which players are on the transfer list?
Firstly, former England international Andy Carroll headlines the list, despite featuring in two of the clubs league matches so far this season. Defender Tom Holmes is a product of the Reading Academy and has spent his entire career with the side (aside from a brief loan departure) but has also been granted permission to leave.
Former Sutton United goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis will also look for a fresh transfer, following the arrival of West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper David Button. Finally, wing-back Nesta Guiness-Walker will also be free to leave despite making 28 Championship appearances last season.
A difficult start
Reading began life in League One with a difficult fixture at home to Peterborough United, in which the Royals lost 1-0. This was followed by a high-profiled 4-0 win in the EFL Cup against Championship side Millwall, but the joy was short-lived after they lost 1-0 to Port Vale.
On Tuesday, Reading bounced back with a 1-0 win against Cheltenham Town, courtesy of an own-goal from Will Ferry and currently sit 16th in League One ahead of this weekend’s trip to newly promoted Stevenage who has won all three of their opening matches so far.
It has already been a difficult start to life in League One for manager Ruben Selles and that doesn’t look like changing anytime soon. The club are yet to score a league goal from their own player this season and has lost two of their first three league games.
Losing key players like Carroll, Holmes and especially Guiness-Walker will create a difficult challenge for the new manager and they will each need replacing properly before the window slams shut.