Allen snaps up striker Denton
CHELTENHAM TOWN boss Martin Allen has added giant striker Tom Denton to his squad and is hoping to bring in a left winger before the weekend.
Denton has arrived on a six-month loan deal from Huddersfield Town and will cost the cash-strapped Robins nothing.
The 6ft 5ins target man enjoyed an impressive debut in last night's friendly stalemate against Southampton.
"We don't have to pay any money to Huddersfield and they are doing me a favour," Allen said.
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"He (Denton) will be a good asset to us. He won 10 out of his 11 headers and his set-up play was good. He now needs to work on getting into the box in scoring positions.
"He scored two in five games on loan at Woking last season. My bank manager is a Woking season ticket holder and I asked him and he said he did well, so he was our scout!"
Allen hinted that young left-sided player Jordan Tabor, released by Chelsea this summer, could also be signed free of charge.
"I had a call from Jordan's agent and he lives in Oxford and is willing to come and play here for a while for nothing," Allen said.
"We don't have any cover for our left-back, so it would be good value for money to take him to build the numbers up and he could be a good one for us."
He is now targeting a wide man from a Championship club to add balance to a squad that includes three right-footed wingers in Josh Low, David Hutton and Marley Watkins.
"We are short of a left- footed player in terms of set plays and crosses and I am working on that," he said.
"I think I have come to an agreement with a Championship club to have him on the cheap and hopefully he will be in by the weekend."
Talks are ongoing with Julian Alsop, who looks set to join on non-contract forms after five years out of the professional game.
"We are a little bit apart on the figures and it is only a part-time thing, but I think he would be an asset and good for our young players," Allen said.
Allen is keen on trialist Michael Pook, released by Swindon, but may not be able to afford to sign the midfielder.
He praised his team for their performance against Southampton as their preparations for the new League Two season begin to gather pace.
"It was an excellent workout and there were a lot of positives to come from the game," Allen said.
"We look fitter, we kept a clean sheet and we didn't pick up any injuries."
Cheltenham take on Bristol City at home on Saturday in their next friendly (3pm).