SWANS FAIL IN MONK LOAN BID
By Stuart James
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The struggling Third Division side are desperate to bolster their defensive options with Matty Bound poised to sign for Oxford later on Thursday, but their attempt to land Monk was rejected by Saints boss Gordon Strachan.
"I talked at length with Gordon Strachan yesterday (Wednesday), and he came back this morning, after discussing the situation with his coaching staff, and they feel with so many games coming up, they cannot afford to be without a player they rate highly," Swans boss Colin Addison said.
Monk's only Premiership start this season came in a 2-0 defeat at home to Arsenal, but he did make The Saints' starting line-up for their Worthington Cup clash with Gillingham.
The Welsh club are also without Jason Smith, who has been ruled out of action for four to six weeks after undergoing an operation on his ankle.