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SWINDON TOWN: Hateley on Town's radar
SWINDON Town have been running the rule over free agent Tom Hateley.
The Advertiser understands Hateley - who quit Motherwell at the end of last season - impressed in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Portsmouth on Tuesday and the Robins could make the 23-year-old an offer, dependent on whether or not they can shift some of the higher earners currently out of favour at the club.
Hateley, the son of former England international Mark, started his career at Reading but didn’t make an appearance for the Royals before switching to Motherwell in 2009.
Four seasons at Fir Park brought the central midfielder, who can also operate at full-back, nine goals from 148 appearances.
Any potential signing of Hateley, like the pursuit of Millwall frontman Dany N’Guessan, relies on Swindon moving on players such as Paul Benson and Paul Caddis before the end of the transfer window on September 2.
Luton managing director Gary Sweet claimed on Wednesday that the Hatters are close to picking up Benson on a season-long loan deal, which the Adver understands would become permanent in the summer. However, sources close to Town have suggested that the Robins are currently being asked to fund around 60 per cent of Benson’s wages for the remainder of the campaign as well as pay up a proportion of the forward’s contract should the move go through.
Benson was signed from Charlton on a two-and-a-half year deal in January 2012 and is believed to be commanding basic wages of around £2,800 per week.
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