Transfer Talk

Despite the international break, there were still plenty of news and rumours surrounding players coming in and heading out of the Liberty Stadium this week.

Winger Nathan Dyer packed his bags and headed to Leicester City on transfer deadline day, and even though the window slammed shut last week, clubs are now eyeing up potential moves in January.

Back to on-field matters – the Swans travel to Vicarage Road this Saturday to take on newly promoted Watford. The Hornets are without a win so far, after drawing three and losing one of their opening four Barclays Premier League fixtures.

As for Garry Monk’s Swansea, they will still be in high spirits after their dramatic 2-1 win over Manchester United before the international break.

The Swans have already been linked with a number of potential January targets. We roundup the latest transfer news and rumours from the last week or so at the Liberty Stadium.

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Finally the wait is over. We are less than 24 hours away until the new Barclays Premier League season kicks off. Garry Monk will be putting the final touches to his squad and he will have a very good idea of who his starting XI is going to be. The Swans boss has recently revealed that Swansea’s trip to Stamford Bridge is the “hardest start” his side could have had.

“It’s the hardest start we could possibly have. Chelsea are a side of such quality that they can walk all over you if you do not compete. The players did brilliantly for me all season and there were not many times I had to tell them they had not been good enough.

However, the Swans will travel to west London with nothing to lose and certainly nothing to fear. Swansea proved last year that they are a match anyone in the Premier League.

Off the field, there’s been plenty of transfer news at the club this week. Last week, Swansea were linked with Paris Saint-Germain’s young forward Jean-Christophe Bahebeck, Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk and experienced Premier League strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Steven Fletcher.

As always, we bring you all the latest transfer news and speculation.

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Like every week, this week has been another very busy week of transfer news at Swansea City.

Last week, we brought you news of Real Betis’ reported interest in defender Jordi Amat, UAE side Al Ahli eyeing up a mega-move for the Swans’ French striker Bafetimbi Gomis and whether Dwight Tiendalli has played his last game for Swansea City.

With last week’s news being more about players potentially heading out of the Liberty Stadium, this time it’s more of a mixed bag. With just eight days until the start of the new league season, plenty of Premier League clubs are putting their finishing touches to their squads ready for to kick off their campaigns.

Despite Monk suggesting Swansea’s business is pretty much done and dusted, don’t be too surprised to see any movement before the window slams shut.

We take a look at all the transfer goings-on and rumours that have surrounded Swansea City this week.

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The new Premier League season may be edging closer and closer, but Swansea City seem to still be on the lookout for a player or two to finally complete the squad.

Garry Monk and his first-team striker coach James Beattie have both recently revealed that there’s unlikely to be any more coming in before the season kicks off in just three weeks time. However, that hasn’t stopped the Swans being linked with numerous other potential targets.

Some of those rumours seem completely far-fetched, where as others have some real substance. Swansea have already completed four top quality signings over the summer, and if that does indeed turn out to be all the transfer business Monk does, then no-one could argue that it’s been a very successful few months.

This week, like every other week, the Swans have been rumoured to be showing interest in another whole bunch of players. We take a look at the three players who have been linked with potential moves to the Liberty Stadium this week.

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According to reports, Garry Monk’s Swansea City have joined a whole host of Premier League clubs all monitoring Sporting Lisbon’s star man Islam Slimani’s current situation.

The striker, who has been at the Estadio Jose Alvadade since 2013, has made 47 league appearances for the Portuguese side, netting 20 times. The 27-year-old has also earned 37 caps for the Algerian national side, scoring an impressive 15 times for his country in the process.

Before making his name in Portuguese football, Slimani started out in his native Algeria. He played for Algerian clubs JSM Chéraga and CR Belouizdad at the beginning of his career.

After spending two successful years at Sporting Lisbon, the striker is now eyeing up a move to the Premier League. Swansea City, West Ham United, Leicester City and Newcastle United are all said to be taking a look at Slimani.

However, Garry Monk is unlikely to make a move for the Algerian, who is being priced at £7m. Recently, first-team striker coach James Beattie revealed the club were not likely to make any more signings after completing the deal for Eder.

As well as capturing Eder from Braga, the Swans have brought in Andre Ayew from Marseille, defender Franck Tabanou from Saint-Etienne and Swedish goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt from Heerenveen.

Swansea have certainly been one of the busier Premier League clubs over the summer, and Monk got the majority of his transfer business done early. The Swans boss has built a very capable looking sqaud ready for the new Premier League campaign.

We don’t have to wait too much longer for the start of the season either, as the Swans kick off their league campaign with arguably the toughest test of them all, a trip to Stamford Bridge to face champions Chelsea. It will be very interesting to see how many of the new signings will feature on Premier League opening day.

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Swansea City are reportedly eyeing up a move for Wrexham’s young stopper Liam Sharpe, according to the South Wales Evening Post.

Sharpe, who previously spent time with Leicester City, Norwich City and Manchester City, has reportedly emerged as a target for Garry Monk. After releasing ‘keepers Gerhard Tremmel and David Cornell at the end of last season, adding another two goalkeepers this summer is high on the Swansea City manager’s priority list.

The Swans have already brought in highly-rated Swedish stopper Kristoffer Nordfeldt from Dutch Eredivisie side Heerenveen during the close season. The 26-year-old has arrived at the Liberty Stadium with a good reputation in Holland and his native Sweden, and will be keen to budge the superb Lukasz Fabianski out of the No. 1 spot in the Swansea side.

However, who ever comes into the club will struggle to kick the Polish stopper out of Monk’s starting XI. The former Arsenal ace, who won Best Newcomer and Players’ Player of the Year at Swansea’s end of season award ceremony, was outstanding between the sticks, and arguably Swansea’s best signing last term.

Monk, who has just signed a new three-year deal with the club, was also reportedly keen on Barcelona’s youth ace Guillermo Lara this summer. Despite the clubs previously being in contact, a deal has yet to be struck to bring the teenage Spaniard to the Liberty. However, with Swansea’s rumoured interest in Wrexham’s Liam Sharpe, that should put the Lara rumours to bed.

With just four weeks to go until the start of the new Premier League season, Swansea will want to get their ‘keeper situation done and dusted sooner rather than later. The players are currently being put through their paces ready for the tough visit to Stamford Bridge for the opening day of the new season.

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Swansea City’s exciting young winger Kenji Gorre has been loaned out to Dutch Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag, just days after signing a new and improved deal at the Liberty Stadium.

On Monday, the 20-year-old pledged his future to Swansea City by putting pen to paper on a new three-year deal with the club. Gorre may have only played once for the Swans, but he’s certainly highly thought of by the Swansea faithful, and he’s been tipped for big things at the Liberty.

The former Manchester United youth star, who signed for Swansea in 2013, was delighted to have extended his time in South Wales. Gorre told Swansea City’s official website on Monday; “I’m more than happy at Swansea and pleased to sign the new deal.”

The versatile winger impressed with Swansea City’s U21 side last season, scoring 18 times and provided 10 assists for the young Swans. He will certainly be eager to kick on from his appearance at Selhurst Park last on the final day of last season’s Premier League campaign.

The Dutchman, who moved to England when he was five, expressed his delight at moving to Den Haag on a season-long loan. He said;

“I was delighted to sign the new deal and the loan move to Den Haag is a bonus. It’s a good club that plays its football at a high standard. I believe it’s the best option for me to aid my development and make me a better player.

“The Den Haag manager rang me in the summer about a potential move. The fact that he was so adamant that he wanted me made my mind up. I’m really looking forward to it.”

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Leon Britton has been heavily tipped to make the move away from Swansea City this summer with a number of Championship and MLS clubs interested in his services.

The latest reports from the South Wales Evening Post suggest the midfielder is attracting serious interest from MLS, and he could be close to making the switch to America. New York Red Bulls are reportedly one of the clubs monitoring him, and with the Swans showing interest in Red Bulls’ defender Matt Miazga recently, maybe a possible swap deal can be struck between the two clubs?

Despite an unsuccessful six-month loan spell with Sheffield United in 2010, Britton has been a superb servant to Swansea City for the last 13 years or so. He has played a huge part in the Swans’ incredible climb to the top tier, and he has undoubtedly turned himself into a Swansea hero in the process.

However, speaking to the South Wales Evening Post last month, the 32-year-old revealed that if he wasn’t playing regular football then he should make the move away from the Liberty Stadium.

He said; “I said to the manager that I can’t do another season not playing. I have two years left on my contract, but I am 32 and I don’t want to be not playing at this age, so I have said to the manager that I will look at my options.”

Due to the stunning form of the Swansea midfield last term, Britton didn’t feature as many times as he would have wanted. He only made nine Premier League appearances for Garry Monk’s side last season.

With the signings of Andre Ayew, Franck Tabanou, Kristoffer Nordfeldt and Eder already complete this summer, the Swans are certainly heading in the right direction. Britton undoubtedly still has his passing vision and the ability to make the midfield tick along – and he’s sure to still be an asset to a number of teams elsewhere.

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Swansea City are reportedly readying a bid for versatile Athletic Bilbao centre-back Jon Aurtenetxe, according to reports coming from Spain.

Garry Monk is looking at a cut-price deal for the Spanish defender, after he struggled to make an impression in last season’s La Liga. The reports from Spain suggest that the Swans can get Aurtenetxe for the small fee of around £150,000.

The 23-year-old has been at Bilbao since turning pro with the club in 2009 – although during that time, he did have a spell on loan at Celta, making 20 league appearances for Os Célticos in the 2013-14 season.

Despite most of Swansea’s transfer business seemingly done and dusted already, the reports in Spain suggest that Monk will make a move for the versatile defender to bolster his defensive options even further.

Last season’s first-choice left-back Neil Taylor signed a new and improved deal at the Liberty Stadium last month – the Swans also completed the capture of Franck Tabanou from Saint-Etienne recently.

Monk has also shown interest in defenders Ezequiel Munoz from Palermo, Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk and New York Red Bulls’ centre-back Matt Miazga over the last few weeks.

Swansea reportedly made a move for Aurtenetxe in January – however a deal to bring him to South Wales never materialised. But now, Athletic Bilbao have told their defender that he is surplus to requirements at the San Mamés Stadium and have put a small price tag on him.

The Swans have already completed the captures of Andre Ayew, Franck Tabanou, Kristoffer Nordfeldt and Eder this summer – and if Monk can get Jon Aurtenetxe for a cut-price fee of just £150,000, then he could turn out to be another successful signing at the Liberty.

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Swansea City have reportedly joined Premier League rivals Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace in the race for Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, according to reports.

Swansea have already completed the signing of ‘keeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt from Dutch Eredivisie side Heerenveen this summer. They were also heavily linked with a move for Barcelona’s youth stopper Guillermo Lara last month. Now, reports suggest that Garry Monk is eyeing up QPR’s Alex McCarthy to boost his ‘keeper options ready for next season.

After the releases of stoppers Gerhard Tremmel and David Cornell, securing two goalkeepers to keep the excellent Lukasz Fabianski on his toes was a number one priority for the Swans. However, if Swansea want McCarthy they are going to have to battle their Premier League rivals to his secure his signature.

The 25-year-old spent seven years at Reading before making the move to Loftus Road last summer. The Guildford-born stopper spent most of his Reading career on loan at numerous clubs – McCarthy has had spells with the likes of Brentford, Ipswich Town and Leeds United and many others during his eight-year professional career.

Despite making just three Premier League appearances for the R’s last term, boss Chris Ramsey will be eager to keep his goalkeeper in west London. With the news of QPR’s first-choice stopper Robert Green also expected to move on in the summer, keeping McCarthy is a must for the Championship side.

The much-travelled ‘keeper seems to have been around a very long time but he’s only made 153 appearances in all competitions during his career. On his day, the former England U21 international is a top goalkeeper – and if the Swans are genuinely interested and Monk can persuade McCarthy to come to the Liberty Stadium ahead of their Premier League rivals, he would certainly give Fabianski and Nordfeldt something to think about in the Swansea net.

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