SWINDON Town have yet to receive an approach for any of their players in 2014, according to manager Mark Cooper, who’s not all that surprised.
The Robins may have been busy in the transfer market themselves - making a rejected bid for Bournemouth’s Wes Thomas and actively pursuing George Barker of Brighton - but the demand for their own stars has been significantly less.
In fact, Cooper told the Advertiser that he has not heard a whisper of an offer for the likes of Wes Foderingham, Massimo Luongo, Yaser Kasim or any of the three youngsters on loan from Tottenham.
“There’s been nothing at all,” he said. “If you’re talking about Tottenham players they’d command a lot of money so whether teams that would take those players can afford the money they’re worth I don’t know.
“I sincerely hope nothing happens there. Bournemouth have signed a goalkeeper so I’d think that one would be dead in terms of Wes, which is good news for us.
“We’ve had no inquiries for any of our players but it’s early days. There’s not even a week gone so fingers crossed.”
Cooper thinks that the relative calm around Town this transfer window is down to the fact that a lot of Football League clubs are looking for new year bargains in January - and Swindon are no about to offer a cut-price deal on some of their young talent.
“Managers are loathe to do business in January because if you’re a buying club you can get well and truly ripped off. It’s definitely a seller’s market in January,” he said.
“It’s more the loan market that gets used and if you’re going to try to do it you’ve got to do it well.
“On the whole that’s probably where we’d be looking.”
One player Swindon are actively trying to offload this month is midfielder Lee Cox. Town rejected a loan approach for the former Inverness man from Plymouth during the last loan window but otherwise Cox has not been in demand.
“Coxy’s been ill, he’s been out with a virus so I would think there may be a bit of interest in him,” said Cooper. “We could do with Lee getting out and playing on loan.”