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Cooper targets striker and winger
MARK Cooper is hoping to add a striker and a winger to his Swindon Town squad before the end of the summer transfer window.
The Robins are believed to still be chasing a deal for Millwall’s Dany N’Guessan, and chairman Jed McCrory has hinted that arrivals were lined up prior to the weekend but failed to receive Football League approval in time for the clash with Gillingham on Saturday.
For Cooper – installed as full-time Town boss last week – fresh faces are crucial as he looks to have the option of rotating the squad. And he’s highlighted the areas which need reinforcements.
He told the Advertiser: “If we can get a couple of faces in to make sure we can freshen things up when we have two games in the week that would be good.
“I think we’re looking at someone who can play up front and someone who can play wide.”
Cooper also confirmed the Robins are in talks with potential acquisitions, who must be signed before September 2, when the window shuts.
“I know they are in discussions and Jed and Lee are speaking to a couple of targets. I’m sure they will be the right ones for the way we play,” he said.
“Some of the lads who played 90 minutes today will have to play 90 again and that’s not ideal. It’s good to see Ryan Mason – he’s going to be a big player for us – and we will have to look to change one or two things around.
“If we can get one or two in that means we can rotate one or two things.”
Meanwhile, Cooper was thrilled by the performance of Nile Ranger on his full debut against Gillingham.
“It was needs must and we didn’t want to leave him on that long. But we had to defend against a big team and I thought that was always going to be a way they may hurt us,” he said.
“He had to stay on and defend a lot of set pieces but I thought his performance was first class for somebody who’s not played since February.
“He’s a number nine who gets hold of the ball, wins his headers, occupies defenders and gives our midfield boys room to work in.
“For someone who’s not played or trained and has only had one week’s training with us he was superb.”
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