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Town Target Swindon Pair
Town Target Swindon Pair
Sunday, 15th Jan 2012 10:27

Swindon pair Matt Ritchie (left) and Paul Caddis are the two players from one club that Town boss Paul Jewell revealed he had lodged a bid for after yesterday’s game. TWTD has learned that the Blues were represented at Barnet on Tuesday to watch the duo in action for the Robins in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie.

Ritchie, the subject of a recent £500,000 offer from League One side Bournemouth and who is linked with Reading, Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday in this morning’s tabloids, is a 22-year-old left-footed winger.

Born in Gosport, the 5ft 8in tall wideman began his career with Portsmouth making six starts and four sub appearances for Pompey, while also going out on loan to Dagenham, Notts County and Swindon.

After his second spell at the County Ground, he moved to Wiltshire on a permanent basis in January 2011, signing a deal until the summer of 2013. Swindon’s Player of the Year last season, Ritchie, who can play on either flank but usually the right, has scored nine goals in 29 starts during this campaign.

Speaking after Ritchie netted twice in yesterday's 2-1 win at Rotherham, manager Paolo Di Canio said he wanted to hang on to him if possible: "I told him a few days ago to concentrate on his football here.

"We want to keep him at the club and he is a key part of what we are trying to do. He was fantastic today and he challenged well. His finishes were very cool and I hope he can keep going."


Right-back or right midfielder Caddis, 23, began his career with Celtic, making 10 starts and 14 sub appearances for the Glasgow side and also spending time on loan at Dundee United while at Parkhead.

Former Scotland U21 international skipper Caddis joined Swindon for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2010, signing a three-year deal. The 5ft 7in tall Scot's brothers Ryan and Liam play for Ayr United and St Johnstone respectively.

Town are unlikely to land the pair, who have built an impressive partnership down Swindon's right, for less than £1.5 million in total, although the clubs are probably discussing a players plus cash deal with Ronan Murray understood to be keen to sign on permanently with the League Two after his loan spell. The Irish U21 international is likely to reduce the Blues’ outlay by around £100,000 with his contract up this summer.

In addition to the Swindon pair, Blues boss Jewell revealed that his side had also tabled a third bid and that the club hoped to do the deals by the time they visit Leeds next week.

Meanwhile, ex-Blues defender Hermann Hreidarsson has been linked with a move from Portsmouth to Coventry City.

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rosseden added 10:33 - Jan 15
Don't know either of them but the right age if nothing else . . . .

pazelle added 10:36 - Jan 15
Is this Caddis playing as a rightback mainly or a right midfielder? Be good to see Edwards pushed further forward with a more conventional rightback back there. Also, is signing a left midfielder basically stating that Carson's off? Just play Carson! Tie Daryl Murphy and Alex McCarthy to a horse and send them beyond the horizon.
PS Sign Hermann!

casanovacrow added 10:43 - Jan 15
Sounds more like it. CB better be the other one :-|

Northern_Branch added 10:44 - Jan 15
What about the Centre Back? This is a bigger priority

irishtim added 10:47 - Jan 15
Centrehalf please pj. Dont know much about the swindon lads at least they are young & hungry

sharvey22 added 10:47 - Jan 15
A right back, finally!

john_itfc added 10:49 - Jan 15
Swinging Muarry Into the deal would be an odd one. Would he really want to commit if we raided two of their best players half way throught the season? However in the grand scheme of things a right back is more pressing than keeping Mr Muarry so if it means sealing the deal it might be a sacrifice we have to make.

debenhamsteve added 10:52 - Jan 15
Would be two excellent additions. Just the sort of lower division signings that Norwich have been making.

Wide man Richie has 9 goals (2 crackers yesterday), 10 assists and more shots at goal than any other Swindon player. Attacking right back Caddis has 3 goals and 3 assists.

Jewell's team have done their homework and now we'll have to see if Swindon are tempted by the money. However with a strong promotion challenge, FA Cup run and only one match away from JP Trophy final at Wembley I think they might stay.

PauloJulio added 10:54 - Jan 15
I'm hoping for Ched Evans as well, can score goals and Sheff Utd apparently in big financial mess!

IvorFeeling added 10:55 - Jan 15
Great that we are no targetting the right kind of player. However, I would have thought at the minute a bid for two central defenders would be top priority?

PJ has a bad habit of saying one-thing and doing another! Does anyone know who of PJs backroom staff is the defence coach because surely this one area that we need to address pronto. Know Russell is doing the youth but his knowledge or a Davos/Wilnis etc is also what we need at the moment.

ipswichtillidie added 10:55 - Jan 15
Right age with potential. The penny has finally dropped! (not too late i hope) Glad a right back has been finally linked, Edwards is NOT a defender, he's positional sense has cost us many goals this season. We still need 2 centre halves so hope the 3rd player is one of those bids.... Smith is league 2 defender at best and as much as I seem to like the fellor Sonko who attacts the ball well he can't do alot else can he!

ipswichtillidie added 11:01 - Jan 15
Kane Ferdinand would be my guess for the 3rd bid btw.....

blueward added 11:03 - Jan 15
Look at the number on Caddis's shorts - is he primarily a right back ????

bidwellh added 11:21 - Jan 15
Just looked at a Swindon fan-page. They all say that they will be gutted if these two go and that they are at least Championship standard. Oh and they talk of Caddis as a RB.

Marshalls_Mullet added 11:28 - Jan 15
Dont know too much about them, but its the sort of transfers and scouting that I want to see and indicates a long term plan.

MarkITFC added 11:35 - Jan 15
Lets hope we sign the pair, theyre right age and if there anything like Cressa and Drury then i will be very happy . Both would be Hungry to do well with mean alot !

Priskin couldnt give a S*it yesterday if we won drew or lost , get rid and get someone Hungry and quick up top !!!

Just shows how good scotland is , we went to peices when he went off !

Mark added 11:39 - Jan 15
If we could add Ritchie (22) and Caddis (23) plus one other youngster to our team yesterday which included Cresswell (22), Smith (21), Hyam (20), Carson (18), Martin (24), and Emmanuel-Thomas (21) then suddenly people may need to argue that Jewell needs to bring in more experience. ;-)

Very positive links, I hope we get them both and I would be happy to part-exchange Murray (who did not start for Swindon yesterday). We need a centre-back too, Jewell knows that.

Maybe if these lads come in and change our fortunes, things can work out at Ipswich for Paul Jewell?

Keaneish added 11:40 - Jan 15
Yep!! I called Ritchie on here back in September after watching Swindon on sky. Good shout PJ! Happy with this bid!

Hungry_Badger added 11:56 - Jan 15
Haven't really heard of them but they are the sort of age we want to be looking at. Hopefully the third bid is for a centre half!!

s6blue added 12:05 - Jan 15
now thats more like it fatty!!

algarvefan added 12:05 - Jan 15
Still no CB then??? Hope that's the third bid?

TrumptonBlue added 12:05 - Jan 15
Positive stuff, this. On the back of Hyam and Carson getting a game yesterday, things feel like they're looking up.

Pettitt10 added 12:12 - Jan 15
Great signings they would be, we dont need another winger but Richie is brill. apparently the two are good friends at swindon so would make it more likely for them to come! good work PJ!

alfromcol added 12:15 - Jan 15
five feet seven - no height.

The back four could do with a bit more height.

LancsBlue added 12:16 - Jan 15
Expect this to drag on. The club has stated before that you never start with your best bid, so we can be sure that Town's offer will be derisory. Throwing Murray in may help and he seems keen to go there. Hope they both come because these are just the kind of long term signings we need, but don't expect to see them at Elland Road next week. Only possibility of a quick deal comes if Swindon are resigned to losing them and need time to get replacements in.

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