Robins keep searching
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Swindon are still looking for new signings after missing out on Andy Melville.Swindon boss Andy King is still looking for reinforcements after seemingly missing out on Andy Melville.
King had targeted the West Ham defender to add much-needed experience to the club's backline.
The Robins had lined up a season-long loan deal for Melville but The Hammers are now due to release him, which would price Swindon out of a permanent move.
"I am hoping to sign three players," King told the club's website. "I need an experienced centre back and two midfielders, but the one I was after was Andy Melville from West Ham.
"He is someone I know well and he has the type of experience I am looking for.
"The initial move was on a year-long loan basis which may have been a possibility but now it looks as though he maybe released and we won't be able to take him on that basis.
"He is at the latter end of his career and would have been a tremendous addition.
"The finances are tight at the moment so if West Ham are looking to pay him up I cannot get involved in that. The initial deal was on a loan basis with the player's club paying most of the wages, which would have been an option. We will have to see what happens."
King says he will be speaking to Sammy Igoe and David Duke about their futures, but insisted the club could not make them any improved offers.
"Sammy has been in and trained with us today and I will be speaking to his agent this afternoon (Monday), but I cannot move the goalposts from the original offer that was made.
"He doesn't want to move elsewhere and is good friends with Jamie Cureton so would like to stay.
"Dukesy is another one I am speaking to. He knows the situation and I know neither of them want to leave the club, they like the area but the money is not there to improve their offers."
Swindon will look at five trialists as they return for pre-season training, with King set to run the rule over them.
"I have five trialists in at the moment. Leo Bertos has come in to train with us and another one in today was Alan Navarro who has been with Tranmere Rovers.
"I will have a look at them at the end of the week. We have a game that will be staged behind closed doors and I will make my assessments then."