Swindon boss Paolo di Canio determined to sign striker

Paolo di Canio
Di Canio has signed 12 players since his arrival in May

Swindon Town manager Paolo di Canio says he is determined to sign a new striker before the close of the transfer window.

Di Canio has already signed Raffaele De Vita, Alan Connell and Mehdi Kerrouche this summer, but insists they still need to find a "natural goalscorer".

"It's difficult but I don't give up. We absolutely have to sign a striker," he told BBC Wiltshire.

"We have to sign someone in August otherwise we will have a big problem."

Swindon won 3-0 against Crewe in their opening game of the League Two season, with Billy Bodin and De Vita starting up-front.

He continued: "The first game was good, it was a fantastic performance from Billy but we can't play 46 games plus other competitions with only De Vita, Billy Bodin and Alan Connell - we can't.

"We only have one size. Billy is sharp, De Vita has good movement, Connell is a more natural goalscorer but it is not easy in this league for a winger to score goals, so we don't have a [proven] natural goalscorer."

Di Canio went on to reveal he has missed out on sealing deals for three targets.

Along with the well publicised move for former Dover Athletic star Adam Birchall, who moved to Gillingham, BBC Wiltshire understands Swindon also attempted to sign Norwich striker Cody McDonald and former Reading frontman David Mooney, who joined Leyton Orient last month.

"We were close to signing three English players but in the end they had more expectations, and one wanted more money so they didn't go through," admitted Di Canio.

"To one, we offered an amazing amount of money but I understand this player preferred to look at Championship sides.

"I don't see why I can't look abroad. Tactically, they are more mature than a League Two player.

"I'm looking at players in England but if they don't come it's not my fault."