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Sky Blues Close To Swedish Signing

Coventry City are closing in on a deal to sign Swedish international defender Tomas Gustaffson.

The 26-year-old was at Highfield Road today to discuss terms with the club and actually trained with the rest of the squad this morning.

He underwent a medical at the club’s Ryton on Dunsmore training facilities and if there are no complications should join Gordon Strachan’s men tomorrow.

The fee for the player is undisclosed but AIK Stockholm have suggested that it will be in the region of £250,000.

City have moved for the man after the news that their growing defensive crisis has taken another turn for the worse with both Mo Konjic and Barry Ferguson picking up fresh injuries.

Added to the sick list of Marc Edworthy, Gary Breen, Marcus Hall, David Burrows and Richard Shaw this leaves the Sky Blues with only one fit defender in the whole squad – Paul Williams.

Bosnian Mo Konjic could be absent for several weeks after fracturing a cheekbone in a training ground clash of heads with Noel Whelan, and Ferguson broke a toe – also in training.

Gustaffson, who has won full honours for Sweden, can play in either full-back position and may prove to be an excellent asset to the side.

However he will not be able to make his debut on Saturday in the FA Cup clash with Norwich City at Carrow Road as the competition has its own ruling about the registration of players.

For Premiership matches a player need only be signed by mid-day the Friday prior to the match but for FA Cup clashes the registration must be completed a full week before.

That means that midfielders Paul Telfer and Steve Froggatt are expected to continue in the full-back positions, with Strachan praying that one further defender recovers to partner Williams.

The Hare and Hounds, Coventry

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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 6 Dec 99

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