PAOLO Di Canio has suggested that he is still waiting to find out how he will be supported financially in the January transfer window, stating he remains unsure whether or not he will have to “auto-finance” his squad.

After majority shareholder Andrew Black released part of the £500,000 of extra funds originally set aside for the new year sales to help Town out of embargo earlier this season it is expected that Di Canio’s purse-strings will be tightened next month.

That may mean a sell to buy policy being introduced at the County Ground, but the Robins boss hinted he is still a little in the dark as to whether or not he will have new money available to him.

“We are not close and not far, but we are talking to be ready for this moment where maybe we are going to negotiate,” he said of his ongoing transfer negotiations.

“It is not now, it is an option to see.

“It is not easy to say ‘yes we are close’ because generally we see if there is a different intention than in the past to help me, or if I have to go through to make some important decisions if I have to auto-finance my team.”

The Swindon manager stressed that the next three matches, against Colchester, Portsmouth and Carlisle, will give him a clear idea of the areas in which he needs to recruit in January.

“If we finish in the next three games and win two or maybe get seven points or even nine, we are completely inside the group who fights for the top six,” he said.

“The next three games will be crucial for me to make some decisions, because I will know if I can use this or that.”