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SWINDON TOWN: Thomas part of four-man striker wishlist

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Town have had a £100,000 offer for Wes Thomas turned down by Bournemouth Swindon Town have had a £100,000 offer for Wes Thomas turned down by Bournemouth

MARK Cooper has revealed that Wes Thomas is one of "three or four" striking targets Swindon Town have been monitoring ahead of the January transfer window.

Town saw a bid, believed to be in the region of £100,000, rejected by Bournemouth for Thomas this week and the Robins will not be going back in with another offer for the 26-year-old.

Instead they will turn their attention elsewhere, with Cooper saying: “I would say we’ve got three or four that are on our list and any of them we’d take. Whichever one we get the go-ahead on is good for us. I think we only need one forward.”

Cooper stressed that chairman Lee Power is the right man to be negotiating for new players this month.

He said: “With our chairman, he’s very experienced in that field and I don’t think anyone will stitch him up, that’s for certain. He’s a football man and knows the game so I think he knows what the right price would be for any footballer.

“He’s made no secret of the fact that we’ve bid for a striker at Bournemouth and he’s felt he’s offered enough for that one so we move on to the next one. We’ve got no worries with Lee that he’ll get stitched up on price.”

Cooper is targeting a “number nine” as his main priority in January, with Nile Ranger expected to depart the club in the coming days. However, he feels his pursuit of a central defender is now less urgent after Raphael Rossi Branco impressed off the bench at Bradford.

“With the emergence of Raphael Branco at Bradford I’m left wondering ‘do we need another centre-back’? Troy (Archibald-Henville) is not too far away as well. I think the centre-half issue is maybe not as big as the thought it might be,” he said.

“It’s been difficult (to look at players) because when we’ve been playing most of the other teams have been playing. You try to watch as many development games as you can but with the weather that’s been difficult.

“Our targets won’t have changed too much over the last couple of months. We know the type of player we’re looking for, we know where we’re looking and we’re hoping those players become available.”

Cooper took in Birmingham’s home clash with Barnsley on Wednesday as he kept tabs on potential targets.

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4:28pm Thu 2 Jan 14

smirg kcab says...

He must have hammered his car to get to brum in time for kick off considering our game was called of at 1. Or perhaps he wanted t called off due to injuries
And left Williams in charge to make sure that decision was made.
He must have hammered his car to get to brum in time for kick off considering our game was called of at 1. Or perhaps he wanted t called off due to injuries And left Williams in charge to make sure that decision was made. smirg kcab
  • Score: -6

4:35pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Steve. Brentford says...

I hope that our fans go easy on Mjles if we are going to give him more game time, because if we sign a number 9 and rely on what we have he will surely get more. My worry is the expectation on a lad who we have been happy to loan out to smaller clubs without getting football league experience, now dont get me wrong here i love the youngsters getting a chance but i worry for him if we go through a sticky patch, which is quite possible if our side gets disrupted by too many changes and the state of pitches in our league through the winter months of January and February when we play smart little passing football.
Interesting times coming for sure, i must be getting old because i am starting to hate changes. Hold tight!
I hope that our fans go easy on Mjles if we are going to give him more game time, because if we sign a number 9 and rely on what we have he will surely get more. My worry is the expectation on a lad who we have been happy to loan out to smaller clubs without getting football league experience, now dont get me wrong here i love the youngsters getting a chance but i worry for him if we go through a sticky patch, which is quite possible if our side gets disrupted by too many changes and the state of pitches in our league through the winter months of January and February when we play smart little passing football. Interesting times coming for sure, i must be getting old because i am starting to hate changes. Hold tight! Steve. Brentford
  • Score: 7

4:48pm Thu 2 Jan 14

smirg kcab says...

Got the sack today. Off out to shoot some people and sell loads of drugs
Quote from Nile rangers twitter
Got the sack today. Off out to shoot some people and sell loads of drugs Quote from Nile rangers twitter smirg kcab
  • Score: -16

4:49pm Thu 2 Jan 14

LeGod says...

To me Miles should be used off the bench in the last 15-20 minutes of a game when the opposition back four are tiring as i fell he is at his most dangerous then and likely to cause more damage to the opposition as he did to Coventry.
I think too many fans are expecting too much from him as he is still only a young lad and dont forget he was on loan at Salisbury which to me says he needs experience and he needs to be given more game time gradually not straight away which is why he should be introduced from the bench during a game.

As for Lee Power i have total trust in his selection of players for the Town as you cant knock the players he has brought in so far this season and which ever new striker we get im sure he will do a job for us and knock a few in.
As for Thomas he will be wasting his time at Bournemouth as he is never going to get in their side but they are dreaming if they think we should offer more money for him and LP is right to move to the next target.
If they come in for any of our players id tell them to get stuffed.
To me Miles should be used off the bench in the last 15-20 minutes of a game when the opposition back four are tiring as i fell he is at his most dangerous then and likely to cause more damage to the opposition as he did to Coventry. I think too many fans are expecting too much from him as he is still only a young lad and dont forget he was on loan at Salisbury which to me says he needs experience and he needs to be given more game time gradually not straight away which is why he should be introduced from the bench during a game. As for Lee Power i have total trust in his selection of players for the Town as you cant knock the players he has brought in so far this season and which ever new striker we get im sure he will do a job for us and knock a few in. As for Thomas he will be wasting his time at Bournemouth as he is never going to get in their side but they are dreaming if they think we should offer more money for him and LP is right to move to the next target. If they come in for any of our players id tell them to get stuffed. LeGod
  • Score: 9

5:28pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Rednwhitewalrus699 says...

CB is still defo a must, don't you give me that 'it's all good' nonsense, take a good hard look at the highlights of our FA cup game against Macc Mr Cooper
CB is still defo a must, don't you give me that 'it's all good' nonsense, take a good hard look at the highlights of our FA cup game against Macc Mr Cooper Rednwhitewalrus699
  • Score: -8

5:45pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Swindon1984 says...

Rednwhitewalrus699 wrote:
CB is still defo a must, don't you give me that 'it's all good' nonsense, take a good hard look at the highlights of our FA cup game against Macc Mr Cooper
I reckon we still need a centre back as well, Branco's got potential but hasn't had a lot of game time with us, Troy I'm sure could do a job but realistically will get injured again. Some cover would be fantastic.
[quote][p][bold]Rednwhitewalrus699[/bold] wrote: CB is still defo a must, don't you give me that 'it's all good' nonsense, take a good hard look at the highlights of our FA cup game against Macc Mr Cooper[/p][/quote]I reckon we still need a centre back as well, Branco's got potential but hasn't had a lot of game time with us, Troy I'm sure could do a job but realistically will get injured again. Some cover would be fantastic. Swindon1984
  • Score: 0

5:48pm Thu 2 Jan 14

#stfc1980 says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Got the sack today. Off out to shoot some people and sell loads of drugs
Quote from Nile rangers twitter
Not Niles twitter mate
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Got the sack today. Off out to shoot some people and sell loads of drugs Quote from Nile rangers twitter[/p][/quote]Not Niles twitter mate #stfc1980
  • Score: 11

5:58pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Since 1950 says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Got the sack today. Off out to shoot some people and sell loads of drugs
Quote from Nile rangers twitter
Grim. Surely not even ranger would be so stupid as to tweet something like that! On the other hand....
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Got the sack today. Off out to shoot some people and sell loads of drugs Quote from Nile rangers twitter[/p][/quote]Grim. Surely not even ranger would be so stupid as to tweet something like that! On the other hand.... Since 1950
  • Score: 1

6:08pm Thu 2 Jan 14

port de soller says...

Point on MS I feel we all compare him to Paul Rideout woe his debthat Tues night at the CG.
I hope he makes the grade just feel he will do ok.
As for Wes Thomas fair play to lee Power,he will not get highjacked thats for sure.
Mention of kevin Phillips but feel he may be past his sell by date plus wages so i guess we wait and see
Point on MS I feel we all compare him to Paul Rideout woe his debthat Tues night at the CG. I hope he makes the grade just feel he will do ok. As for Wes Thomas fair play to lee Power,he will not get highjacked thats for sure. Mention of kevin Phillips but feel he may be past his sell by date plus wages so i guess we wait and see port de soller
  • Score: 2

6:24pm Thu 2 Jan 14

John Young's Grumpy says...

Just checked Niles twitter account (assuming I have the right one) and sure enough, makes the stupid comment that smirgkcab says..... Just dumb
Just checked Niles twitter account (assuming I have the right one) and sure enough, makes the stupid comment that smirgkcab says..... Just dumb John Young's Grumpy
  • Score: 1

6:28pm Thu 2 Jan 14

John Young's Grumpy says...

This is the direct lift from Twitter. Uses his picture.

“@nilenumber9: Got the sack today. Off out to shoot some people and sell loads of drugs”

To be fair there are two accounts so...... Worth a check Adver if he is saying he's been sacked???
This is the direct lift from Twitter. Uses his picture. “@nilenumber9: Got the sack today. Off out to shoot some people and sell loads of drugs” To be fair there are two accounts so...... Worth a check Adver if he is saying he's been sacked??? John Young's Grumpy
  • Score: -3

6:36pm Thu 2 Jan 14

ellory says...

That is obviously a parody account. I believe his real one is @nilepowerranger or something similar.
That is obviously a parody account. I believe his real one is @nilepowerranger or something similar. ellory
  • Score: 5

6:52pm Thu 2 Jan 14

readie57 says...

Marlon Harewood has been released by Bristol City...maybe worth a look?
Marlon Harewood has been released by Bristol City...maybe worth a look? readie57
  • Score: -5

6:54pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Pewsham Red says...

Sss
Sss Pewsham Red
  • Score: 0

7:02pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Rednwhitewalrus699 says...

readie57 wrote:
Marlon Harewood has been released by Bristol City...maybe worth a look?
we're not THAT desperate!
[quote][p][bold]readie57[/bold] wrote: Marlon Harewood has been released by Bristol City...maybe worth a look?[/p][/quote]we're not THAT desperate! Rednwhitewalrus699
  • Score: 3

7:07pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Pewsham Red says...

readie57 wrote:
Marlon Harewood has been released by Bristol City...maybe worth a look?
Yeah, one for the future! If he isn't good enough for City he won't be good enough for us, especially as they must be expecting offers for Emmanuel Thomas and/or Baldock in the transfer window.
[quote][p][bold]readie57[/bold] wrote: Marlon Harewood has been released by Bristol City...maybe worth a look?[/p][/quote]Yeah, one for the future! If he isn't good enough for City he won't be good enough for us, especially as they must be expecting offers for Emmanuel Thomas and/or Baldock in the transfer window. Pewsham Red
  • Score: 2

7:51pm Thu 2 Jan 14

harley red says...

Rednwhitewalrus699 wrote:
CB is still defo a must, don't you give me that 'it's all good' nonsense, take a good hard look at the highlights of our FA cup game against Macc Mr Cooper
Totally agree but look at every match as HALL and WARD have to be with the worst in the league one should hang up his boots and the other back to spurs ,
[quote][p][bold]Rednwhitewalrus699[/bold] wrote: CB is still defo a must, don't you give me that 'it's all good' nonsense, take a good hard look at the highlights of our FA cup game against Macc Mr Cooper[/p][/quote]Totally agree but look at every match as HALL and WARD have to be with the worst in the league one should hang up his boots and the other back to spurs , harley red
  • Score: -7

8:31pm Thu 2 Jan 14

dreamofacleansheet2 says...

Troy and Branco let's keep the faith people. Attack attack attack! Striker please. Still not convinced we won't buy Ajose by the end of the window...... No inside info or rumour site just a "hunch"....
Troy and Branco let's keep the faith people. Attack attack attack! Striker please. Still not convinced we won't buy Ajose by the end of the window...... No inside info or rumour site just a "hunch".... dreamofacleansheet2
  • Score: 0

8:34pm Thu 2 Jan 14

dreamofacleansheet2 says...

Ps anyone any idea who the other three strikers we are interested in?
Ps anyone any idea who the other three strikers we are interested in? dreamofacleansheet2
  • Score: 0

8:47pm Thu 2 Jan 14

STFConyourpitch says...

dreamofacleansheet2 wrote:
Ps anyone any idea who the other three strikers we are interested in?
Paddy Madden is one of them...the other is a striker and so is the other.
[quote][p][bold]dreamofacleansheet2[/bold] wrote: Ps anyone any idea who the other three strikers we are interested in?[/p][/quote]Paddy Madden is one of them...the other is a striker and so is the other. STFConyourpitch
  • Score: 2

10:20pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Di kanny oh says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Got the sack today. Off out to shoot some people and sell loads of drugs
Quote from Nile rangers twitter
Hi Grim Happy new year bud to you and the family. Yes very interesting this statement which is definitely on his twitter account and strange as Town said the meeting was cancelled until next Tuesday. Why on earth Ranger is tweeting he's sacked means he obviously knows the outcome of next weeks meeting and he gives a sh*t anyway. Reading his twitters on both his ID's just shows what an arrse the guy is. One real bad dude who thinks he is some sort of gangster but must admit a great footballer also.
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Got the sack today. Off out to shoot some people and sell loads of drugs Quote from Nile rangers twitter[/p][/quote]Hi Grim Happy new year bud to you and the family. Yes very interesting this statement which is definitely on his twitter account and strange as Town said the meeting was cancelled until next Tuesday. Why on earth Ranger is tweeting he's sacked means he obviously knows the outcome of next weeks meeting and he gives a sh*t anyway. Reading his twitters on both his ID's just shows what an arrse the guy is. One real bad dude who thinks he is some sort of gangster but must admit a great footballer also. Di kanny oh
  • Score: 0

11:13pm Thu 2 Jan 14

lambo says...

take a look at the followers on the @nilenumber9 (106) and the followers on the real twitter account @nilepowerrange (46.4k). one has like 100 and the other thousands.....

make your own minds up.....but I think one may just be a fake.

either way, he's been an absolute tool in his conduct and whilst being an excellent footballer, doesn't deserve to be playing professionally anywhere until he toes the line.
take a look at the followers on the @nilenumber9 (106) and the followers on the real twitter account @nilepowerrange (46.4k). one has like 100 and the other thousands..... make your own minds up.....but I think one may just be a fake. either way, he's been an absolute tool in his conduct and whilst being an excellent footballer, doesn't deserve to be playing professionally anywhere until he toes the line. lambo
  • Score: 0

11:15pm Thu 2 Jan 14

lambo says...

oops missed an r @nilepowerranger
oops missed an r @nilepowerranger lambo
  • Score: 0

11:17pm Thu 2 Jan 14

stranglers says...

harley red wrote:
Rednwhitewalrus699 wrote:
CB is still defo a must, don't you give me that 'it's all good' nonsense, take a good hard look at the highlights of our FA cup game against Macc Mr Cooper
Totally agree but look at every match as HALL and WARD have to be with the worst in the league one should hang up his boots and the other back to spurs ,
Agree.
[quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rednwhitewalrus699[/bold] wrote: CB is still defo a must, don't you give me that 'it's all good' nonsense, take a good hard look at the highlights of our FA cup game against Macc Mr Cooper[/p][/quote]Totally agree but look at every match as HALL and WARD have to be with the worst in the league one should hang up his boots and the other back to spurs ,[/p][/quote]Agree. stranglers
  • Score: -3

12:10am Fri 3 Jan 14

Cross-Red says...

stranglers wrote:
harley red wrote:
Rednwhitewalrus699 wrote:
CB is still defo a must, don't you give me that 'it's all good' nonsense, take a good hard look at the highlights of our FA cup game against Macc Mr Cooper
Totally agree but look at every match as HALL and WARD have to be with the worst in the league one should hang up his boots and the other back to spurs ,
Agree.
Yeah agree brentford wolves orient preston peterboro walsall bradford crawley shrewsbury sheff utd and oldham have let in less goals.

defo need a striker to coz brentford orient an coventry ave all scored more than us.
[quote][p][bold]stranglers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rednwhitewalrus699[/bold] wrote: CB is still defo a must, don't you give me that 'it's all good' nonsense, take a good hard look at the highlights of our FA cup game against Macc Mr Cooper[/p][/quote]Totally agree but look at every match as HALL and WARD have to be with the worst in the league one should hang up his boots and the other back to spurs ,[/p][/quote]Agree.[/p][/quote]Yeah agree brentford wolves orient preston peterboro walsall bradford crawley shrewsbury sheff utd and oldham have let in less goals. defo need a striker to coz brentford orient an coventry ave all scored more than us. Cross-Red
  • Score: -1

10:25am Fri 3 Jan 14

harrymorris says...

Sam Jordan Bradford Town.....nearly 60 goals already
Sam Jordan Bradford Town.....nearly 60 goals already harrymorris
  • Score: 2

11:02am Fri 3 Jan 14

uruguay whitey the red says...

rankles with me that puppet cooper says he trusts lee powers judgement with regard to signing players,why doesn't power lose cooper and officially take charge of team affairs as its his team!,it obviously doesn't bother cooper that he has no say in who is recruited for the 1st team squad.
rankles with me that puppet cooper says he trusts lee powers judgement with regard to signing players,why doesn't power lose cooper and officially take charge of team affairs as its his team!,it obviously doesn't bother cooper that he has no say in who is recruited for the 1st team squad. uruguay whitey the red
  • Score: -1

11:11am Fri 3 Jan 14

mark.s says...

Seems we Bournemouth have agreed a deal with you Swindon, and Thomas is now talking with you. Up to the player now, hopefully he makes the right call and chooses first team football with you.
Seems we Bournemouth have agreed a deal with you Swindon, and Thomas is now talking with you. Up to the player now, hopefully he makes the right call and chooses first team football with you. mark.s
  • Score: 2

12:30pm Fri 3 Jan 14

stanharlands6shirt says...

harrymorris wrote:
Sam Jordan Bradford Town.....nearly 60 goals already
Harrymorris, I'm with you on this shout and I would like to see the boy at least asked by Town if he would like to play at a higher level ?

For those who are not aware of Sam Jordan, a few facts;

Firstly he is not a boy!! He's a man, 25 years old, tall and strong. In the air he is excellent and uses, plays with, and scores with both feet.
In the Toolstation Western Football League he is a prolific striker and a marked man whoever Bradford Town play against.
Marked or not he has scored 57 goals in 31 games this season, and that deserves attention at any level.
Is he quick...EXCEPTIONALL
Y.
Lives in Bradford (30 miles?) so there would be no problems in getting to training on a daily basis !!!!

Negatives ?
1. Stepping up is not nearly as easy as we would all like to think. However Charlie Austin has proved that if you have determination, attitude, ambition and of course talent and an eye for goal.....who knows.
Unlike Charlie, Sam Jordan would be a REALLY late starter to league football at 25 years, but he appears to be cut from a similar mould. Charlie was in truth a real rarity and the kind of golden nugget every scout dreams of finding.
2. Does Sam Jordan himself want to try to make a very late entry into league football, or is he happy being the big shark in a small pool?
3.Would STFC be prepared to take a look at a possible late, late, starter ?

POSITIVES..
1. Any signing on fee would be likely to be very small.
2.Any salary, should he prove to have what is necessary, should easily fall in line with Towns budget.
3.Can he score goals? Too use one of Jordan's own less savory responses to that question; Does a bear sh1t in the woods? Evidence of 57 goals in 31 games proves this bear does know where the goal is, even if he has to rampage through the woods to score them !
4. IF HE IS INTERESTED, and IF Town were also interested, neither party has a great deal to lose in courting each other, at least for a while, whilst they each determine whether there is a possible future for either party.
5. EVERY club is looking for a quality striker....at a good price. JUST MAYBE ?
6. Bradford Towns management have said they would not stand in his way if a bigger club came calling.

I made Mr McCrory aware of Sam Jordan early in the season and have mentioned his abilities on here in the past. Maybe Town have already watched him, or are watching him, who knows.
What is for sure, is that there is real talent out there in the lower leagues, that occasionally slips the net and deserves to be considered.
[quote][p][bold]harrymorris[/bold] wrote: Sam Jordan Bradford Town.....nearly 60 goals already[/p][/quote]Harrymorris, I'm with you on this shout and I would like to see the boy at least asked by Town if he would like to play at a higher level ? For those who are not aware of Sam Jordan, a few facts; Firstly he is not a boy!! He's a man, 25 years old, tall and strong. In the air he is excellent and uses, plays with, and scores with both feet. In the Toolstation Western Football League he is a prolific striker and a marked man whoever Bradford Town play against. Marked or not he has scored 57 goals in 31 games this season, and that deserves attention at any level. Is he quick...EXCEPTIONALL Y. Lives in Bradford (30 miles?) so there would be no problems in getting to training on a daily basis !!!! Negatives ? 1. Stepping up is not nearly as easy as we would all like to think. However Charlie Austin has proved that if you have determination, attitude, ambition and of course talent and an eye for goal.....who knows. Unlike Charlie, Sam Jordan would be a REALLY late starter to league football at 25 years, but he appears to be cut from a similar mould. Charlie was in truth a real rarity and the kind of golden nugget every scout dreams of finding. 2. Does Sam Jordan himself want to try to make a very late entry into league football, or is he happy being the big shark in a small pool? 3.Would STFC be prepared to take a look at a possible late, late, starter ? POSITIVES.. 1. Any signing on fee would be likely to be very small. 2.Any salary, should he prove to have what is necessary, should easily fall in line with Towns budget. 3.Can he score goals? Too use one of Jordan's own less savory responses to that question; Does a bear sh1t in the woods? Evidence of 57 goals in 31 games proves this bear does know where the goal is, even if he has to rampage through the woods to score them ! 4. IF HE IS INTERESTED, and IF Town were also interested, neither party has a great deal to lose in courting each other, at least for a while, whilst they each determine whether there is a possible future for either party. 5. EVERY club is looking for a quality striker....at a good price. JUST MAYBE ? 6. Bradford Towns management have said they would not stand in his way if a bigger club came calling. I made Mr McCrory aware of Sam Jordan early in the season and have mentioned his abilities on here in the past. Maybe Town have already watched him, or are watching him, who knows. What is for sure, is that there is real talent out there in the lower leagues, that occasionally slips the net and deserves to be considered. stanharlands6shirt
  • Score: 4

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