Miles Storey: Inverness keen to extend Swindon striker's stay

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland
Miles Storey celebrates scoring for Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Storey joined Caley Thistle until January

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes says his priority ahead of the January transfer window is to retain the services of Miles Storey.

Hughes refused to rule out a permanent move for the 21-year-old striker, who has netted seven times since arriving on loan from Swindon Town.

"We've been in contact with Swindon and hopefully we can keep him here," said Hughes.

"He's done absolutely outstanding. He's in a good place right at this moment."

Caley Thistle are the fifth club to take Storey on loan from Swindon, the striker having spent time with Salisbury City, Shrewsbury Town, Portsmouth and Newport County before joining the Scottish Premiership club until January.

"Hopefully he's here after the Christmas window still plying his trade scoring goals," said Hughes.

"I wouldn't like to think it works the other way and he goes back to Swindon and sits on his backside.

"He's enjoying his football, he's playing most weeks. Everyone's benefited from that and, if we were to get him on a permanent basis, that'd be great.

"We took the gamble, brought him up here. The agreement was all set in place and I don't see why it should change for the second half of the season.

"If there's an opportunity to go and buy him then that's something that we might have to look at."

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes
John Hughes is pointing his scouts in the direction of English football

Hughes is keen to add one or two players in January, but any recruitment is more likely to involve loan deals.

"You might have to shuffle the pack a little bit," he said. "One or two might have to leave to try and get one or two in.

"Or, more than likely, one or two loans. I do think we could do with a wee freshen up.

"That's why, over the last month, we've really put in place a real good recruitment programme to see what's going about."

Caley Thistle have had a reputation for attracting talent from English football since Hughes' predecessor, Terry Butcher, was manager.

However, Hughes said they had been putting scouts in place to watch potential targets south of the Border.

"Since we put it in place, it's been non-stop," he said.

"It's working. We've not got the finance to make a mistake."

Caley Thistle, who face bottom side Dundee United on Saturday, have been assessing Swedish defender Benjamin Omerovic.

Hughes admits he has been impressed by the 21-year-old who began his career with Jonkoping and Tenhults and is in the process of leaving Nykopings in Sweden's third tier.

"He's young, but is he better than what we've got? Or has he the potential to be better than what we've got?" said Hughes.

"That's what we'll weigh up in the next couple of days."

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