Updated: Sunday, 29th March 2020 @ 7:27am

Race against time: Oldham Athletic boss Johnson battles against clock to secure Federico Bessone signing

Race against time: Oldham Athletic boss Johnson battles against clock to secure Federico Bessone signing

By Matthew Lees

With the Football League transfer window closing at 5pm, Oldham Athletic face a race against time to complete the signing of Federico Bessone.

The Argentinian defender is available on a free after being released by Latics’ Good Friday opponents Swindon Town.

New manager Lee Johnson is aiming to complete his second signing in a week – after the capture of Bobby Reid – to provide cover for left back Jonathan Grounds who is close to a two-match ban.

“We’re hoping to sign the lad Fede Bessone,” said Johnson – the youngest manager in the league.

“He’s really come as a little bit of cover, on a little bit of a trial but obviously we’re struggling for left sided cover because Groundsy’s on eight bookings.

“We have got a lot of games and we haven’t got many naturally left footed players who can probably play at left back so it was a bit of a no brainer for us.”

Bessone will fly in from Barcelona this afternoon ahead of travelling to Boundary Park to complete the deal.

Since leaving the Robins, where he made six appearances, the 29-year-old used La Liga side Espanyol to keep fit.

“He’s coming in, we’re signing him until the end of the season and we can assess him,” added Johnson.

“The lad said he’s fit, his pedigree’s not in question and he’s a good player, it’s just whether he’s match fit.”

Born in Cordoba, Bessone started his career at Barcelona C alongside Lionel Messi, who he grew up with.

The left back went onto play for Espanyol B before travelling to Britain where he had two spells with Swansea City as well as Leeds United and Charlton Athletic.

Johnson confirmed he will not be in the squad for Friday’s match but should be available for the exciting Easter Monday clash against relegation rivals Colchester United.

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