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Town target Spurs youngster Mason as Rooney link renewed
SWINDON Town are interested in bringing Tottenham youngster Ryan Mason to the County Ground this summer, the Advertiser understands.
The Robins have been monitoring the potential availability of the attacking midfielder, who is out of contract at White Hart Lane this summer, and could make their move for the 21-year-old in the coming weeks.
Swindon’s new board have strong links with Tottenham’s head of football development Tim Sherwood and look to be making the most of those contacts, with Mason, Nathan Byrne and Massimo Luongo all being touted as possible signings over the course of the off-season.
Mason spent the second half of last season on loan at French Ligue 1 outfit Lorient and has also played for Millwall, Doncaster and Yeovil as well as making four appearances for Spurs.
He turned out three times for his current club in 2012/13, including the home clashes with Lazio and Maribor in the Europa League, but has yet to agree new terms with the north London club.
Swindon declined to comment when contacted yesterday.
Meanwhile, the Adver has learnt that Luke Rooney is the subject of renewed interest from Cheltenham - for whom he almost signed in January.
The League Two side are believed to have tabled a year-long loan bid for the winger, of whom manager Mark Yates is a big admirer, although it’s understood that Swindon would prefer to offload the former Gillingham man permanently.
Rooney, who only arrived in Wiltshire 18 months ago, barely featured in a red shirt last term and looks set for a summer exit.
He is believed to be meeting with Cheltenham next week to discuss the possibility of a switch to Whaddon Road.
Rooney has also been considered by Portsmouth, who have since ended their interest in the 22-year-old.
Finally, no further bids are expected this week from Bristol City for Town defender Aden Flint.
Three approaches have already been rebuffed by Swindon for the centre-back, who saw his transfer request turned down on Tuesday.
City are currently considering whether or not to return for a fourth time with an improved offer, which could take the 23-year-old away from Wiltshire.
The Ashton Gate side’s manager, Sean O’Driscoll, yesterday confirmed his interest in Flint - which was first revealed in the Advertiser on Tuesday.
O’Driscoll told BBC Radio Bristol: “We've put in an offer that got rejected, so we're just contemplating whether we increase the offer or look elsewhere.
“He'd be somebody we feel that would fill the right centre-half gap that seems to have been a problem since Steven Caulker left.
“He's a good age and someone we think we can develop further.”
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