At the beginning of transfer deadline day at Reading's Madejski Stadium, there was much hope with the promise of two or three incoming players. Rumours flew around social media sites and fan pages which only served intensify the need for Reading director of football Nicky Hammond and Russian owner Anton Zingarevich to make a big-name signing.
As the day went on, fans were becoming anxious at what was taking so long to announce a signing and, with nothing coming from the club, the fans were left in the dark. This was until around lunchtime when the news broke that Adrian Mariappa, arguably Reading's most consistent player last season, had secured a move to Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee.
With no replacement coming in, emotions soon turned sour as the Reading faithful took to social media to complain about the lack of transfer activity and their unhappiness at Hammond and Zingarevich not spending any money.
With ten minutes of the window remaining, however, when all hope seemed lost and fans had resigned themselves to another empty promise from the club's hierarchy, rumours circulated that Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Mohamed Sissoko was having talks with the club's owners.
Fans were split on their opinions of this news, some seemed thankful that the club were finally doing something in the market, while others were annoyed that we were reportedly in talks with yet another central midfielder.
Fans waited until around lunchtime the day after the window had closed to receive any news from the club, which only brought more anger as it was revealed that Sissoko, the one target the club had been targeting on deadline day, had not signed on and was looking to mull over his options. A player of Sissoko's quality will surely attract competition from some of the best teams in Europe.
In anger, several Reading fans have signed petitions to get Hammond out of the club and also to encourage Zingarevich to spend some money. Fan websites have also encouraged fans to protest at the next home game, live on TV against Brighton, to express the unhappiness of the fans. By demonstrating the anger to millions across the world, you would expect for action to commence very quickly after.
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