JORDAN Turnbull looks increasingly likely to join Swindon Town on a season-long loan deal in the coming days after appearing in the Robins’ official team photoshoot yesterday.

The teenage defender, one of Town manager Mark Cooper’s four primary targets this summer, has played in Swindon’s back three in pre-season friendlies against Leeds United and Aston Villa after arriving in Wiltshire on ‘work experience’ from parent club Southampton, and could sign on at the County Ground in time for the League One opener against Scunthorpe United this weekend.

Turnbull was given permission by Southampton to be a part of the Swindon team photo, though he was not permitted to talk to the local media, with a Town source telling the Advertiser that “a deal is close”.

No other new faces were present at the photoshoot, however, as Cooper and Swindon owner Lee Power continue their pursuit of Turnbull’s Saints teammate Jack Stephens, Liverpool left-back Brad Smith and a mystery striker.

The club remain hopeful of making up to four more signings before the transfer window closes at the end of August, with each expected to be a loan deal for players from Premier League or Championship outfits.