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    Oi Den! wrote:
    I really couldn't care less about "blow your socks off" signings. The most important thing is to get the blend right and to have an eye for potential. We had a brilliant side for most of 2009/10, and not a single player in it would have been regarded as "blow your socks off" material when signed. The same could be said of the great 68/69 side. Surely all that matters is what players do for us, not their past exploits? I can recall plenty of big reputation signings turning out to be complete flops for the Town. . And I wouldn't say Fjortoft, Hazard or Moncur blew anyone's socks off when they signed. They did well for us but hardly anyone had heard of Fjortoft, Hazard had been shown the door by Portsmouth and Moncur was a Spurs reserve of largely unknown quality. . For me, there are no footballing positives or negatives until players put that Town shirt on.
    Charlie Austin certainly would not have qualified as a "blow your socks off" signing at the time.
    But he definitely blew everyone's socks off in his short time at the County Ground."
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SWINDON TOWN: Paolo ready to close the deal after trio of talks

'VERY CLOSE': Paolo Di Canio

'VERY CLOSE': Paolo Di Canio

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SWINDON are tantalisingly close to completing their first transfer business of the summer, if manager Paolo Di Canio is to be believed.

The Robins have been linked with several names since the end of the League Two season but no one has yet signed on to Di Canio’s revolution at the County Ground.

However, the Italian met with three players at SN1 yesterday and he has revealed that Town fans may not have to wait too long to discover the next names to be adorning the red shirts of their favoured club.

“We are close to someone that I met today. We’re very close, not even three days, someone to sign,” he said.

“They can think ‘Swindon: Best place, fantastic club, stronger board, the best manager. What do you want to improve as a footballer and to build the winning mentality?

“Obviously we are in contact with these players and I really think positively because the players that we will bring make me very happy.

“They are quality players and I am sure that they will make all the people around Swindon, the fans, very happy.”

Di Canio wants to secure the signatures of at least four players by the time he and his squad begin their pre-season schedule in July.

However, he accepted that it may take a little longer to assemble the group he believes is capable of claiming promotion from League One next term.

“Before the pre-season, which is very close, I think that if we can bring five players in the next 20 days we have a chance,” he said.

“If it’s not possible, four would be good because during the pre-season we still have plenty of time before 15 August.

“Obviously I would like to have all the players with me before but if we have the chance to bring five of the eight or nine that I would like to bring, it would be a perfect number.

Meanwhile, the Swindon boss dismissed reports linking him with moves for Charlton man Paul Hayes and Torquay midfielder Eunan O’Kane.

“Many names came out in the last few days,” he said.

“He (Hayes) is a good player but he is not, to be honest, our target at the moment. I don’t know in the future, now that you give me the information I’ll go to check, but he’s not on our list.

“O’Kane is a good player but we never asked him. There is not interest. He is a good player but not even at the moment or in the future because already in this position we have players - one very nearly to sign and one nearly to join.”

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