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SWINDON TOWN: Ward and Bostock arrive on loan
PAOLO Di Canio added two more names to his Swindon Town squad yesterday with the signings of Darren Ward and John Bostock on loan until January.
Millwall centre-back Ward put pen to paper on a short-term deal with the Robins yesterday evening, with a view to a permanent move at the beginning of next year.
Town’s interest in the 33-year-old was revealed by the Advertiser on Saturday, after Ward was pictured with his agent outside the County Ground . Ward could now be involved in Di Canio’s matchday squad when the Swindon manager takes his team to Preston North End in League One on Sunday.
Tottenham’s Bostock also completed his long-protracted return to Wiltshire. Di Canio has been chasing the midfielder for most of the summer after he impressed during a loan spell with the Robins towards the back end of last season.
Meanwhile, a busy day is anticipated at SN1, with the transfer deadline looming at 11pm this evening. Swansea full-back Federico Bessone is believed to be close to finalising a move and could well become Di Canio’s first capture of the day.
Bessone is understood to have undergone a medical in Swindon yesterday.
Di Canio has mentioned that he could end up recruiting up to five new players by the time the window closes.
That would mean more than one departure from the County Ground, the most high-profile of which is set to be right-back Paul Caddis.
The Robins’ former captain is expected to join Birmingham today after reports suggested Swindon could receive Blues forward Adam Rooney in return for Caddis’ services.
Other players could also leave Wiltshire on loan to free up space for further arrivals.
Di Canio said yesterday that he is confident those coming in are well suited to his style of management.
“The players that join us, we have followed them already for a minimum of two or three weeks or one month to properly check their physical condition, their attitude, speaking with people who have worked with them in the past so it’s easy,” he said.
“Obviously, even if they have knowledge and quality I have to tell them exactly what is going on with us in terms of discipline, training regimes and the way we play.
“This is normal for me, it will take no longer because the players who will join us are intelligent.”