Reading director of football Nick Hammond is hoping the club can hang on to Kevin Doyle and Stephen Hunt.
The Royals are well-placed at present to launch a Championship promotion bid, sitting fourth after 14 games.
Should they wish to retain the services of their key men in January when the transfer window re-opens, Hammond acknowledges that it is vital they remain among the front-runners.
Republic of Ireland internationals Doyle and Hunt are likely to attract interest from the top flight in the New Year, and will need persuading that their ambitions can be matched at the Madejski Stadium.
Doyle is believed to be drawing admiring glances from Aston Villa, while Hunt has a £5million release clause in his contract and is a long-term target of Sunderland and Everton.
Hammond told the Reading Evening Post: "We are absolutely under no pressure to lose players in January. Financially we are in a good position where we don't have to sell.
"We very much want to keep the squad together now. We are aware of contract issues and if a club did meet a certain valuation on Stephen Hunt and he wanted to go we can't keep him.
"So we want to be in the best position we can be by that time. Then hopefully players will want to stay.
"Everyone has ambitions to play in the Premier League, but hopefully they will see they can do that with Reading. The better position we're in by January the more chance there is of that happening."
Reading have lost just two of their last nine matches in the league and Hammond believes the players have shaken off the disappointment which followed last season's relegation.
"We have had a decent start," he added.
"I think historically there is always a re-adjustment for teams who have come down. You are coming back to the Championship and playing two games a week.
"It is only October, but we are well-placed and we are looking forward."