SWINDON Town are under no pressure to even contemplate selling Massimo Luongo, according to manager Mark Cooper.
The Robins rejected a £600,000 bid from Rotherham United for the Australian midfielder earlier this week, with chairman Lee Power revealing the offer fell well below the club’s valuation of the player.
However, when asked by the Advertiser what would constitute a reasonable approach for the playmaker, Cooper stressed that Swindon were not about to consider the possibility of Luongo leaving the County Ground this summer.
“I’ve got to be honest, I don’t even know if they would sell him. I don’t think there’s any pressure for us to sell him. Having spoken to Lee, we’re not selling him,” he said.
“He’s not going. I think with all due respect to Rotherham, I’m not sure Mass would go there. It’s a fantastic offer but he’s not going. I think the way Lee is doing it is that if we are sustainable we don’t have to sell players.”
Cooper, who confirmed his interest in Liverpool’s Brad Smith after Town were understood to make an enquiry to the Anfield club regarding the left-back’s availability, ran the rule over free agent Anton Rodgers during Swindon’s 5-2 win at Petersfield last night.
The son of Liverpool manager Brendan, the midfielder, who was at Brighton & Hove Albion at the same time as Swindon assistant coach Luke Williams, made 14 appearances for Oldham last season. “We’re just having a look at Anton. He’s been freed from Oldham, Luke Williams has worked with him before and said he’s worth having a look at,” said Cooper.