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SWINDON TOWN: McCrory's striker frustration
SWINDON Town had a deal for a striker “99 per cent” done before discussions broke down last week, according to chairman Jed McCrory.
The forward, believed to be Millwall’s Dany N’Guessan, was poised to make the switch to the County Ground before a series of injuries to the Lions’ frontline meant the move was off.
McCrory did not mention N’Guessan by name when questioned by the Advertiser about his striker search, and he hinted that the club remain hopeful of brining at least one new face in before the weekend visit of Crewe.
He said: “We’ve got a pool of strikers that we’ve looked at. We’ve been unfortunate with a couple of them that have been injured in other teams or other teams’ forwards have been injured so they’ve had to draw them into their squad.
“We had one that was 99 per cent certain to sign but, due to injuries at their club, we can’t get him in at the moment.
“We’re still hopeful we can bring him in in time.
“We’ve got one we’re talking to currently which, if everyone is agreed on, we hope to bring in before Saturday.
“I won’t say his name yet because we want to get him signed on and every time we say a name other clubs pick up on it and get in there.”
McCrory also confirmed Town’s interest in Peterborough’s Emile Sinclair.
However, he stated that no deal was possible. Sinclair is expected to join Crawley.
“Sinclair we had a conversation with the other week. We were hopeful of trying to get a deal sorted out with him but we found out towards the tail end of last week that it looked like he wouldn’t come to us.
“We just want to get one signed and then announce it.”
Finally, following Paul Caddis’ claims in a radio interview yesterday that Swindon have blocked him from moving to Birmingham and Millwall, McCrory stated that neither club has come to him with an official approach for the full-back.
The Blues did have an initial agreement to take Caddis to St Andrew’s permanently at the end of his loan spell last season, but McCrory said they reneged on the deal.
“Birmingham had an offer and they failed to live up to their offer.
“They haven’t come back since. The agreement was prior to when I got here that we would take x amount of money and they would take Paul but they didn’t adhere to that so he came back to us.
“He said he wanted to come to a Championship club and we could do with getting him off the wage bill, no one has hidden from that.
“We haven’t had anything coming from Millwall, nothing. Maybe his agent knows more than we know.”
Finally, McCrory revealed that Caddis turned down his request to return to Wiltshire and play for the Robins in the League One play-offs last term.
“I told him I was disappointed he never came back to play for us in the play-offs after we requested,” he said.
“I didn’t hold anything against him for that because obviously I thought he was going to Birmingham and I wished him all the best.”
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