Cobblers eye Burgess swoop

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Colin Calderwood hopes to take advantage of the cash troubles at Rushden & Diamonds.

The Northampton Town boss is preparing a cut-price package aimed at prising highly-rated Diamonds defender Andy Burgess away from Nene Park.

The 24-year-old turned down a £75,000 move to Swansea during the summer but, with his contract set to expire in July, The Cobblers are hoping to tie up a bargain deal.

"We've not actually made a bid but we're obviously aware of Rushden's situation," Calderwood told the Northampton Chronicle & Echo.

"We're also aware of the player's situation and that he will become a free agent in the summer. He is a definite possibility and they might accept a transfer fee for him in January."

The Northampton boss has also admitted that he is considering the possibility of adding former Swindon striker Tony Thorpe to his squad along with former Sixfields favourite Rob Wolleaston.

"Tony Thorpe and Rob Wolleaston have trained with us this week as well and shown their quality," he continued. 

"Both of those are possibilities to add to the squad, and if it wasn't for the transfer window we would have tried to sign those two to have them with us over Christmas, but unfortunately we're going to have to wait."