Gregory returns to Bournemouth

Brian McDermott has insisted he will take a sensible approach to
the January transfer window and will not put pressure on Reading
owner Anton Zingarevich to spend a lot of money.

The Royals are bottom of the Premier League ahead of Monday’s
game at home to Arsenal, having collected just nine points from
their opening 16 fixtures.

However, McDermott believes it would be wrong for Reading to try
and buy their way of trouble and says the priority is the club’s
long-term future.

“The club sets the budget and I work to it. We have been a
sensible club punching above our weight for a long time. There is a
lot to be said for that,” McDermott said in the Reading Post.

“Look at what happens at Portsmouth and Leeds, clubs who nearly
went out of business.

“The most important thing for me is the club. We are much better
off than we were a year ago. I will never tell anyone to spend a
load of money.

“We are trying to be as sensible as we can to make sure this
club is still here in the future.

“I have absolutely no doubt other clubs will go the same way as
Portsmouth and I won’t let it happen here. Spending a lot of money
does not guarantee anything.

“In the summer we did not really invest, possibly we should have
done more. January is never an easy window. I will have a chat with
the owner when he comes across, and I will see who is available. We
have always had a sensible approach to transfers. We have never
spent a lot of money.”

While Reading are in desperate need of points in their battle to
beat the drop, Monday’s game is also huge for Arsenal following a
difficult start to the season.

The Gunners are eighth in the standings and Arsene Wenger has
come under pressure, but McDermott does not believe they are in a
bad situation.

“Arsenal is a massive club and well run financially,” he said.
“I cannot see them being in crisis.

“They generally come good at the back end of the season. I have
always kept a close eye on how Arsenal are doing because I was
there eight years (as a player) and they taught me a lot.

“Historically Arsenal are in the top three or four every
season.”

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The 22-year-old defender made 18 appearances for the Bees, but
his stint finished in disappointment with a 1-0 defeat at Dagenham
on Saturday.

Pearce will now attempt to break into County’s first team but
has not ruled out the possibility of returning to Underhill in the
future.

“I have definitely enjoyed my time here and I am sad to see it
come to an end. It was always going to be for these three months
though,” he told the Barnet Times.

“I just want to be playing games though, so if I go back to
Notts County and I am not able to play then it is a definite
possibility (of returning).

“It has been an experience that I can certainly learn from and
take a lot from. It has been a good few months for me.”

The 25-year-old midfielder’s stint came to an end with a 1-0
defeat by Rotherham at Kingsmeadow on Saturday.

Gregory, who helped Wimbledon secure promotion to the Football
League before moving to Bournemouth 18 months ago, made 18
appearances after rejoining the Dons in September.

Boss Neal Ardley would like to bring Gregory back to the club in
the new year but expects to have competition for his services.

“Steven has done really well and been our captain since I have
been here,” said Ardley.

“Whether we will be able to get him back in January is another
matter as there will be a few clubs interested in him.

“But he has been a great servant for us and whatever happens, we
certainly wish him well.”