With Reading in the bottom three of the Premier League, in 18th place only thanks to two comeback victories against West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United in recent weeks (via BBC), they cannot afford to rest on their laurels and hope their current vein of form continues.
With just a week left in the January transfer window, the Royals need to strengthen in a few areas if they are to have a chance of staying in the Premier League.
If Brian McDermott is to remain a top flight manager come May, a defender and striker are most necessary. Although the Royals may have been flush in front of goal recently, they have only scored 28 goals this season, while conceding 43 (via Sky Sports).
But what transfer targets should Reading be aiming for, especially if McDermott's claims that they will not be spending big ring true?
Here are five players who won't break the bank, but may make all the difference.