West Bromwich Albion manager Bryan Robson has admitted his interest in Cardiff City striker Cameron Jerome but warned the Welsh club they can forget getting Jason Koumas and cash in return.
Robson is happy to countenance a swap deal involving both players but has been shocked by Cardiff's demand that they want Koumas plus extra money to expedite the transfer.
If anything, Robson wants a financial sweetener as well as Cardiff's leading scorer in exchange for a player he rates as more complete than the raw teenager who has just completed his first season in senior football.
Koumas, who spent last term on loan at Ninian Park with 19-year-old Jerome, has Premiership, Championship and international experience, having won 15 caps for Wales.
"I think it should be the other way round," said Robson. "Jason is probably a better player than Jerome at this moment in time so if there is any deal to be done, Cardiff have got to give."
Albion have arranged a pre-season friendly with Bristol Rovers to take place on July 18 at the Memorial Stadium (7.45). The fixture will mark the first time Nathan Ellington has returned to his first club since he left for Wigan Athletic four years ago.
Former Coventry City midfielder Dennis Wise has verbally agreed to become the new manager of Swindon Town following their relegation to Coca-Cola League Two, writes Darren Gray.
The ex-England international, who also captained Wimbledon and Chelsea, will be assisted at the County Ground by his former Chelsea team-mate, Uruguayan Gustavo Poyet.
Wise, 39, is still clearly influential as a player. After signing for the Sky Blues on a free transfer in January he was named Championship player of the month for February, scored three goals in five appearances from mid-field and helped Coventry to
achieve a respectable eighth-placed finish. However, being a manager in the lower levels of English football will be a different ball game.
Wise's only previous managerial experience was 18 months at Millwall when he took the Lions to the 2004 FA Cup final, but his spell in charge ended when he resigned following a disagreement with new chairman Jeff Burnige.
Wise will take over from Iffy Onoura, who is understood to have rejected the opportunity to continue at the club in a reduced capacity.
Although the appointment of Wise and Poyet is imminent, nothing has yet been signed. "There's no other candidate in the frame," said a spokesman.