Cobblers boss Wilder prepared to take his time over striker signing

Cobblers boss Chris Wilder
Cobblers boss Chris Wilder

The Cobblers completed deals to sign two players on permanent contracts this week and manager Chris Wilder could complete his transfer window work today (January 29).

The Chron understands Wilder is ready to make an offer to a centre-forward in what should be the club’s final piece of business for the month.

Although the transfer deadline passes on Monday night, the window to make loan signings reopens seven days later, and any deals then could be for up to 93 days, covering the remainder of the current campaign.

There has also been no interest during the month for 18-year-old striker Ivan Toney, who was the subject of substantial cash offers from Wolves and Brentford in November and held talks with the former before allegedly failing a medical.

Town recruited left-back Tom Newey, who was a free agent after having his contract at Oxford United this week, and secured the services of Portsmouth loanee Ricky Holmes on a two-year deal after he impressed during the first four games of 2015.

A quick striker is seen as the final piece of the jigsaw for Wilder, who has led Northampton to three successive victories and 14th in Sky Bet League Two, where they are 10 points off the promotion play-off places.

The manager, however, is generally happy with the numbers he has at his disposal, having allowed 12 players to leave Sixfields during January.

“We’ve trimmed the squad, which we had to, and we’ve talked about getting a forward in for the past two or three weeks,” said Wilder. “We want someone who can stretch the game and we are working hard to do that. If we can get one in before the weekend then great but if not then we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

“The biggest thing for us is that we keep all of our players fit, healthy and injury-free because if we do that then we can keep the consistency that we’ve had over the past month.

“I don’t envisage anybody going out of the building and maybe we’ll do another one because that would give us a squad of 20 with a couple of injuries in there, which is a good number.”