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SWINDON TOWN: Di Canio anticipates between one and five new faces
4:00pm Thursday 30th August 2012 in Sport
PAOLO Di Canio has revealed he could sign between one and five players for Swindon Town before the transfer window closes tomorrow.
Speaking to the local media this afternoon, Di Canio said the number of arrivals could depend on the number of departures from the County Ground over the next 30 hours.
Darren Ward and Federico Bessone are expected to finalise deals with the Robins before Friday’s deadline, while Paul Caddis is set to complete his switch to Birmingham.
But Di Canio could not give a definitive answer when asked how many players could join Town.
“Can be one, can be five,” he said.
“It’s not a problem about the budget but until I see people leave it’s difficult to predict if it can be one or two or five, but this is the number that can happen in the next 24 hours.
“I don’t want to say for sure one because you never know until you sign but it can be one but also five. In the middle maybe there is a truth.
“But one or five - we will see in the next few hours.”
Meanwhile, Di Canio admitted he was getting excited thinking about the players who could link up with the Robins in time for Sunday’s trip to Preston.
“I want to stay focused with my brain on my players, but if I think about the players who can join us in the next few hours aleady I’m thinking of the different options I can have, the different ways to attack the opponent,” he said.
“There is a moment when I think ‘if we can have this, this and this it will be good because we can have a larger squad with a very high level of quality’ but I have to stay focused on Sunday.
“This year will be crucial to have many players to fight for their places.”
Di Canio expects anyone who joins Town in the next day or so to be fully prepared and perfectly suited for life under his rule.
“The player that join us, we have followed them already for a minimum of two or three weeks or one month to properly check their physical condition, their attitude, spaking with people who have worked with them in the past so it’s easy," he said.
“Obviously, even if they have knowledge and quality I have to tell them exactly what is going on with us in terms of discipline, training regimes and the way we play.
“This is normal for me, it will take no longer because the players who will join us they are intelligent, someone is and adult adult, someone is young but with already great experience so I’m not worried.
“If they join us today we have one more day to prepare."