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SWINDON TOWN: Paolo set to bolster his squad before deadline day
SWINDON Town chairman Jeremy Wray has insisted that the club remain intent on signing two more players before the transfer window slams shut at the end of this month.
The Robins supremo revealed yesterday that one potential capture was scuppered last week by the unnamed player being drafted into his current side’s matchday squad for their weekend fixture.
But Wray, who hinted that Town’s targets are currently plying their trade in the Championship, is confident deals can be tied up for a duo of new recruits in the coming days.
“I think it is fair to say we are probably going to bring two more players in before the end of the transfer window,” he told the Advertiser.
”But it is always slightly harder at this stage because the players are at other clubs who are waiting for other players to come in before they let them go, or for players to come back from injury.
“I don’t want to say too much, but realistically we are looking at one or two coming in out of three or four that we are looking at, but it would be wrong to speculate as to who they are and where they are coming from.
“Paolo has gone on record saying he is two players light of where he wants to be going into the next window, so that is the plan and we have identified the targets we would like to bring in before the end of the window.
“I thought we would have announced one by now, but then the player in question was called back to his club and played at the weekend.
“It is great that he is fit and that he is valued, but we would like him here at Swindon and we will have to be a bit more patient now.
“I wouldn’t rule out the Championship or higher.”
Wray stressed that the dynamics of the transfer window change when competitive football resumes in earnest, making negotiations between clubs a little more drawn out than they are throughout the rest of the summer.
But after Town secured seven new players early in pre-season, he is more than comfortable with the overall state of affairs at the County Ground .
“There are different factors that come into play, like in June you might have identified someone and the player might want to hold out and see who else is around, and the club might think they can get a better offer from someone else,” he said.
“At this stage maybe they feel it is the last opportunity to move somebody on and that they have to accept it, but it is swings and roundabouts.
“Compared to where we were last year, when we had a new player coming in every other day from all over, and then they maybe didn’t turn up, it was all a bit chaotic.”