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Paolo still holds out hope of signings before window closes
PAOLO Di Canio still holds out hope that he can bring in new faces before the January transfer window slams shut, provided any takeover at Swindon Town is completed before the end of the month.
The Advertiser understands a local consortium is close to agreeing a deal at the County Ground, and Di Canio revealed yesterday that he has two targets lined up if he gets the green light from the prospective new owners.
It is unclear whether the potential buyers, whose identities remain a secret, will sanction any transfer activity but the Italian has nevertheless kept his options open throughout January while money has been tight in SN1.
“I presume that if someone is there with big desire they have to think there is a date where we can have a bit more chance to carry on in a positive direction, rather than if they go through in five days when you can give stability but not keep what you’ve got and have less options and consequently less chance to stay there,” he said.
“(Chris Martin and Danny Hollands) are the players that we’ve got in here on loan, but not only for this. We can try to work in a way that we can make some deals, why not?
“I live in a real world, it is difficult for me to dream but I think that it can happen. Even if it happened with a day to go before the transfer market finished it can happen because Phil (Spencer, head of player recruitment at Town) works very well, because we still have contact with people and some situations are warm already in case everything is okay for the club.
“Phil has a good relationship with somebody. Of the two or three situations we had in the last three weeks, one has gone because we said to them to delay, delay, delay. They were patient, in some ways they were loyal in this manner, but in the end the player decided to move.
“The other two players - one player is warm in case everything is okay. It doesn’t mean it will be done easily but it is there. We have all different scenarios that can happen in the next few hours and few days and we have to be ready because stability is the first priority for the club, for the fans and for the environment. It is the life of the club, which is the most important thing.”
Meanwhile, Paul Benson is expected to complete his loan move to Cheltenham today, while Di Canio also revealed he is hopeful that Luke Rooney and Lee Cox can find new clubs before the end of the window.
Finally, Miles Storey yesterday underwent a scan on a hamstring injury which could keep him sidelined for up to 10 days.