St Johnstone: Wright aims to add players but not Swanson

Danny Swanson and Tommy Wright
Danny Swanson previously had two spells with Tommy Wright at St Johnstone

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright hopes to add up to four players to his squad before Wednesday's transfer deadline.

However, Wright says Hibernian midfielder Danny Swanson will not be returning to Perth this window.

"We spoke to Danny and Danny feels that he wants to stay at Hibs and prove a point," Wright told BBC Scotland.

Wright later revealed he wants to sign Aberdeen's Scott Wright and Fulham's George Williams on loan and Kilmarnock's Rory McKenzie longer term.

Swanson, 31, has made 12 appearances since joining Hibs in July, scoring once for Neil Lennon's side.

"I'd spoken to Neil," Wright told Sportsound. "I had actually enquired about Danny before Christmas and spoken to Neil about him then I was made aware that he was available."

Wright, whose side are eighth in the Scottish Premiership, can "fully understand" why Swanson wants to stay at Easter Road.

"When you're at your boyhood club and you've only been there five, six months, you've picked up a couple of injuries and maybe not got going, I think he wants to exhaust all avenues at Hibs before and if and when he does move again," Wright explained before St Johnstone's Scottish Cup win over Albion Rovers on Monday.

Rory McKenzie and Scott Wright
McKenzie and Wright are St Johnstone targets

"We'll hopefully bring two or three in by Wednesday and that'll give everybody a lift and hopefully add a wee bit of quality into the team as well.

"We're hoping to strengthen wide areas and I'm hoping to bring in a centre midfield as well."

Dons forward Wright, 20, has scored seven goals in 34 appearances for Aberdeen while Wales international winger Williams, 22, has made more than 40 club appearances across spells at MK Dons, Fulham and Gillingham.

McKenzie, 24, is nearing 180 appearances for Killie and is contracted at Rugby Park until the summer.

And after the 4-0 win at Cliftonhill, Wright told the media: "We will get players in. We've probably got three agreed in principle and I would imagine we will have at least two of them done by teatime [on Tuesday].

"We are after George Williams at Fulham, there's always been an interest in Scott Wright at Aberdeen and we are also looking at a midfielder who has been playing abroad in a premier league.

"That one might prove difficult. I would like three in and maybe a fourth. I would like Rory McKenzie in but Kilmarnock seem to want him to stay."

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