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SWINDON TOWN: Cooper runs rule over trialists
AN EGYPTIAN international and an ex-Arsenal forward have been training with Swindon Town this week, as the Robins weigh up their options ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline.
The Advertiser understands the Town management have run the rule over strikers Mohamed El Gabbas and Nigel Neita at Liddington with a view to bringing the free agents to the County Ground on a permanent basis.
El Gabbas, who has featured for Egypt on six occasions, has most recently been plying his trade in the top division in Belgium with Lierse SK. He spent a time in the Newcastle youth ranks between 2005 and 2007. The 25-year-old holds a Belgian passport.
Neita, meanwhile, was released by Arsenal earlier this summer. The 19-year-old was called up by Jamaica for a friendly against Costa Rica in March 2012 but was unable to force himself into the first-team picture at the Emirates and was part of a mass cull of youth players conducted by the Gunners over the summer.
Meanwhile, the Adver has learnt that Swindon have yet to give up on their pursuit of Millwall’s Dany N’Guessan.
The forward did not feature for the Lions in their Capital One Cup defeat at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday, with his current club citing injury as the reason. Town are still keen on landing the 26-year-old, however.
A move for Bournemouth’s Wes Thomas could also be revived after the Cherries added to their striking ranks with the signing of South African international Tokelo Rantie on Wednesday.
Swindon have already had two approaches for Thomas, believed to be worth £125,000 and £150,000, rejected by the seaside club but may go back for a third time before the end of the transfer window.
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