LEAGUE ONE side Scunthorpe United are trying to find the cash to re-sign Ireland international Eddie Nolan.
The Waterford-born defender, capped three times at senior level by Giovanni Trapattoni, has been without a club since leaving the Irons last summer and at one point he was linked with a move to the League of Ireland.
But he has been training with Scunthorpe and boss Brian Laws wants to add Nolan to the squad, if he can persuade the board to fund the move. "Eddie has found himself in one of these positions which I would dread myself as a player," said Laws.
"You're a good player, you've done extremely well for yourself yet you find yourself at the age of 24 with no football club.
"That's quite alarming but also in the financial circumstances with most League One and Two clubs, it's not surprising to hear. People can't afford to have a bigger squad and can't carry many bodies."
Noel Hunt is close to agreeing a new deal with Reading. The striker, who has scored four times in 20 appearances for the Royals this season is out of contract at the end of this season and Hunt had expressed his concern at the lack of progress on contract talks, and he had been linked with a move to the MLS.
But it's understood that the club have approached Hunt's representatives and want to offer the 30-year-old a new deal. Hunt joined Reading from Dundee United for £600,000 in 2008 and has scored 33 league goals for the club.