MARK Cooper has admitted Swindon Town have made enquiries for ‘a couple of strikers’ following Jon Obika’s shoulder injury, but the Robins boss doesn’t expect any new arrivals before the weekend trip to Leyton Orient.
Obika could be out for up to 12 weeks after suffering the injury against Barnsley on Saturday, with Town this morning linked with 19-year-old Norwich striker Jamar Loza.
While Cooper didn’t acknowledge the Jamaican international by name, he did reveal enquiries had been made for a temporary replacement for Obika.
“We’ve enquired about a couple of centre forwards, but at the moment there’s nothing doing on any of them and I don’t foresee anything happening before the weekend,” he said.
“It would be prudent of us to bring one in and keep things fresh, keeping that competition for places really hot.
“We’ve enquired about a couple of striker and I don’t think anything will happen before Saturday, it doesn’t matter what level they come from as long as they can do the job.”
QPR’s Northern Irish central defender James Sendles White is set to be involved in Town’s development game at Oxford today, with Cooper looking to see how he performs before passing judgement.
“We look for good young players who can improve our squad and are players we can work with,” he said.
“We are constantly looking for players that could be rough diamonds and that could come to us, maybe not ready to play in the Championship, but we could give them a little bit of experience and could be polished up.”
Cooper also confirmed young defender Josh Lelan would not be returning to the club following the expiry of his second loan spell from Derby.