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SWINDON TOWN: Bostock back as a permanent fixture?
JOHN Bostock could be available on a permanent deal during the close-season, according to Swindon Town’s interim chairman Jeremy Wray.
The Tottenham midfielder, who impressed during a six-week loan spell with the Robins towards the back end of last term, remains one of Town boss Paolo Di Canio’s main transfer targets as he builds a squad capable of challenging for promotion from League One.
Originally it appeared as though Swindon would be looking to bring Bostock to Wiltshire on a long-term temporary deal this summer, but Wray has now hinted that purchasing the 20-year-old may well be an option.
“His is a slightly different situation – whether he comes out on loan, whether he’s now available on a permanent point of view,” he told the Advertiser.
“I think that (a permanent move) is a possibility as one of the ways around it. We’ll look at that and what that entails and it’s still very much in the mix.”
However, Wray stressed that Town would not be rushing through any negotiations in the next few days.
On Wednesday he revealed that Swindon are happy to play the waiting game in the transfer market, with Di Canio keen to hold off for another fortnight before committing to any further spending.
And Wray emphasised that the club would employ the same tactics in the case of Bostock.
“He offers something slightly different and I don’t think the situation is any different,” he said.
“I think Paolo just wants a bit more time to assess overall where he specifically needs people.
“I know that John Bostock is high on his list that he’s keen on but we’ll just give him a couple of days from when we get back and assess him then.”
Meanwhile, Town fly back from their pre-season tour of Italy today. The squad were set to depart Verona airport just before midday, and were due to arrive at London Gatwick at lunchtime.