Today Cooper finds out
Wednesday, 30th Sep 2020 11:23 by Keith Haynes
Swans manager Steve Cooper and assistant Mike Marsh go in to meetings today with Julian Winter and recruiting boss Andy Scott regards the position of the club to enable four players to be signed this week.
However, Winter will be quick to point out that despite there being an initial 11pm deadline of Monday October 5th 2020 a further period of time is available up until Friday October 16th 2020 at 5pm. This extension ratified by FIFA certainly means the majority if not all of the swans targets will be available for loan or transfer for a further 17 days. Coopers concerns are that other clubs will swoop for players he wants if the club continue to drag their heels on the final fixtures and fittings that could turn a decent season in to a memorable one.
Andy Scott will also have recommendations utilising his very successful recruitment strategy whilst he was at Brentford. Quite simply the very best players in the worst sides covers the basics, with a lot more detail then considered. Joe Pigott of AFC Wimbledon is one player Scott has identified and he is believed to be available for £220,000 as he hits his last season on his contract. Pigott is an out and out striker who even at the age of 26 has not settled anywhere on his football journey for too long.
Here is a recent interview with Joe Pigott and an insight in to his ability in front of goal
Winter has had dialogue with majority share owners in the USA who represent some 28 other investors in Swansea City. No investment will be forthcoming that’s for sure so there clearly has to be some movements out for there to be any movements in. Swansea City coffers are not awash with readies but an offer late today or tomorrow is expected for Pigott who earns in the region of £1,400 a week at AFC Wimbledon. He can expect that to rise to £5,000 if he signs. That of course is in the hands of Winter regardless of Coopers wishes and Scott’s recommendations. A recent quote from Winter left everyone in no doubt at all as to who is in charge of Swansea City. He stated very clearly he is the top man at the club and in charge of everything including the football side. To not have his eyes on all aspects of the daily running of the swans would expose him to allegations of not being the CEO he has put himself forwards to be. He, and he alone will be the reason the swans sign their targets, not Cooper or Scott.
Today’s meeting we are certain will be productive, no party wants to leave these discussions without a clear understanding of their positions and their framework from here until the international break.
With one game to go before that against Millwall on Saturday and what is quickly becoming an unchanged side Cooper will be keen to sign a further centre back, Irish international Derick Williams at Blackburn was of interest until it became clear his transfer would be in excess of a million pounds, plus his salary would need to be around £12,000 a week. The only way this deal would happen would be if a swans player was moved on. Nathaniel Phillips was spoken about this week, the Bolton born Liverpool defender ( son of Bolton hero Jimmy Phillips) unfortunately he was injured on the weekend - and is expected to be out for two months. This was never going to be good news for Steve Cooper who has fancied taking him on loan during a previous window, however Liverpool preferred to send him out to VFB Stuttgart instead. With Williams seemingly out of the running, Phillips being injured and Pigott on the radar other players will feature in the meeting today.
As reported on Monday this is a huge week for Swansea City.
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