Swindon in talks for Borough striker

Gosport striker Matt Paterson in action against the Hawks yesterday. Picture: Paul Jacobs

Gosport striker Matt Paterson in action against the Hawks yesterday. Picture: Paul Jacobs

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Gosport Borough have entered into discussions over the sale of Matt Paterson to League One side Swindon Town.

The 25-year-old former Southampton striker has scored 17 goals this season and played for Borough in their 3-1 derby win over local rivals Hawks in Vanarama Conference South yesterday.

But the promotion-chasing Robins have been in contact with Borough chairman Mark Hook to take him to the County Ground and back into professional football during the January transfer window.

Discussions are believed to be at an early stage but Gosport manager Alex Pike has always maintained he would not stand in a player’s way if they are offered a route into the pro ranks.

Paterson’s partnership with Justin Bennett has been a key reason behind the club’s success this term – and the Borough boss knows he would be facing a difficult task in trying to replace him.

Pike said: ‘We’ve had an approach for Paterson from Swindon.

‘It has come out at the Swindon end, which is a bit disappointing.

‘It’s nice he is being recognised.

‘He has been excellent for me this season.

‘But it creates a big problem for me if he goes.

‘Him and Bennett is the best strike partnership I’ve had in my managerial career and we have got Lee Wort pressing as well.

‘They are all quality strikers.

‘The chairman is dealing with it so we will see what transpires.’

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