Reading manager Steve Coppell hopes to be able to strengthen his struggling squad with several new arrivals in the January transfer window.
The Royals lost Steve Sidwell to Chelsea and Greg Halford to Sunderland in the summer and Coppell was reluctant to bring in any replacements.
Even though the 1-0 win against rock-bottom Derby County on Sunday lifted his side into mid-table, Coppell knows he needs reinforcements for the second half of the campaign.
He told the club's official website: "We have a collective desire to get to the next level. We're going to have to appreciate that everybody else's level has been raised higher, so we've got to react.
"We have to strengthen the squad in January. That's not because of any panic, just the desire for this team to be a player in this league, not have a bit part.
"Every signing is a gamble, but it's amazing how the gamble diminishes when you pay more. You want the odds in your favour, we're trying to push our parameters and get the best we can.
"We're always working hard, we've got scouts all over. We're refining the network and isolating players who can help us.
"I always say we have a fairly limited market because of our perception, but money talks. It can be very persuasive.
"We might have to pay more than the going rate to become stronger, better and more resilient in this league."