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Town blocked in moves for three transfer targets
SWINDON Town were unable to complete loan moves for three transfer targets last night, as the Football League was unwilling to ratify the deals.
Terms had been agreed with Cheltenham midfielder Marlon Pack and Charlton pair Bradley Wright-Phillips and Danny Green, after all three had visited the County Ground during Thursday to discuss their potential switches to Wiltshire.
Pack’s deal was mooted as being a loan move leading to a permanent switch in the summer, with Luke Rooney joining Cheltenham until the end of the season as part of the agreement, while Wright-Phillips and Green were poised to stay for the rest of the campaign.
Pack is a technically gifted central midfielder who was part of the Robins side which reached the League Two play-off final last season. A graduate of the Portsmouth youth academy, the 21-year-old was named in the division’s team of the season last season. Town manager Paolo Di Canio is believed to have been interested in signing Pack last summer.
Winger Green has been with Charlton for 18 months after arriving from Dagenham. He has previously been with Nottingham Forest and Bishops Stortford.
Wright-Phillips started his career with Manchester City before making the switch to Southampton in 2006. He played over 100 times for the Saints, scoring 22 goals, before moving to Plymouth after three seasons.
He joined the Addicks in 2011 and notched 31 times in 72 outings, helping the London club into the Championship in the process.
At least two of the transfers were negotiated several hours before the 11pm deadline passed and the January window closed but, as the Adver went to print last night, there remained a real threat that each of the deals could be called off.
A statement issued at 12.11am this morning by Swindon read: “Swindon Town will not be adding to the squad despite agreeing terms, completing medicals and signing three players.
“The Football League have at this stage refused any new registrations and the deals cannot be completed.
Meanwhile, Chris Martin’s long stay from Norwich was not extended. The striker is eligible to feature for the Robins in the weekend trip to Crawley in League One but is expected to return to his parent club when his loan expires on Saturday evening.
It is believed that an attempt to bring Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine to Swindon fell through after the Owls were unable to draft in a replacement for Chris O’Grady, who joined Barnsley yesterday.
The emergency loan window opens on February 8, by which time the sale of Town should have received the appropriate approval, and the Robins should then be allowed to dip their fingers back in the transfer market.