Jaap Stam: Reading boss wants 'inventive' approach to transfer strategy
Reading manager Jaap Stam says the club will need to be "inventive" in the transfer market if new players are to arrive before the start of the season.
Dutchman Stam will look to put the Royals in Championship promotion contention after reaching the play-off final in his first season last term.
"There's some money available, but we can't spend £15m like other teams have," he told BBC Radio Berkshire.
"We're looking for certain players that can make a difference."
Stam watched his side complete pre-season preparations with a 3-2 defeat by Vitesse Arnhem before they open their Championship campaign at Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
"We can't go out and buy 10 players," he said. "We need to be inventive in what kind of player we can bring to the club.
"We're still talking with several players and hopefully we can get them done as quickly as possible."
Striker Yann Kermorgant will be missing as he recovers from a hip and groin operation after being injured in a training ground accident.
"It's a difficult injury in terms of the muscles and tendons that they've had to reattach to his hip," Stam said.
"But he's feeling OK and he has a positive mindset that he wants to recover quickly and hopefully he can help us out soon."