Player News - Swansea City

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Swansea City have acquired goalkeeper Mark Birighitti from Newcastle Jets of the Australia A-League on a free transfer.

Birighitti, 25 years of age, has signed a two-year deal. He has minimal experience playing for the Socceroos, making just one international cap. He was, however, named to the A-League team of the season and has European experience, playing a loan spell at Serie B side Varese. The move would seem to open up the possibility of a release or sale of Gerhard Tremmel, who is already third-string in the current depth chart behind Lukasz Fabianski and Kristoffer Nordfelt and getting up there in years at the age of 37. That, or perhaps the Swans will turn around and loan Birighitti out before the end of the summer. Either way, it would seem unlikely that they will keep all four keepers in their squad for the coming season. Fabianski looks like he will not face much of a challenge for the #1 shirt.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 19 - 5:03 AM

Swansea City are in pursuit of West Ham striker Enner Valencia, with Serie A side Lazio also in the hunt.

The Swans appear to have the upper hand on Lazio at the moment as they are willing to purchase Valencia outright while Lazio are hoping to get a loan deal. West Ham reportedly want to sell. The problem at this stage is that the Swans and Hammers look to be a couple million pounds apart on the price tag. With the sale of Eder and Alberto Paloschi already this summer and Bafetimbi Gomis reportedly wanting out of South Wales, buying a quality striker this summer is crucial for the club's chances this coming season. Last season, they spent a stretch hovering around the relegation zone and if they do not address this key position, they could be in big trouble this coming campaign.
Source: Daily Mirror
Jul 18 - 9:42 AM

Swansea City signed its third up-and-coming academy product to a new contract in the last week in Stephen Kingsley.

The Swans have been busy locking down key pieces of their future to new contracts as Adam King and Jay Fulton signed three and four-year contracts, respectively, over the past few days. Not to mention, Swansea added Ajax defender Mike van der Hoorn last week along with signing forward Modou Barrow to a new deal. Now it's Kingsley's turn to sign a four-year contract after making his first team debut last season against Arsenal. The 21-year-old Scottish left-back even recorded an assist toward the end of last season with a massive 4-1 win against West Ham.
Jul 12 - 7:42 AM

Swansea City are attempting to bolster their attack by acquiring Barcelona winger Cristian Tello, who is thought to be valued at around £15m.

The Swans are also interested in Southampton's Graziano Pelle, but the Italian striker is apparently on the verge of making a move to the Chinese Super League. Tello is looking for a move away from Camp Nou and, while it it would seem the ultimate dream to play for a club like Barcelona, one can hardly blame him. When you are looking for a spot to play in their front three and Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are ahead of you, it hardly leaves one much hope for regular playing time. Swansea could have a much improved attack this coming season if they can get him and an upgrade at striker, with Andre Ayew playing on the opposite wing and Gylfi Sigurdsson the attacking midfielder. There are other suitors for Tello, including Fiorentina, where he played last season on a loan deal.
Source: Wales Online
Jul 10 - 11:16 AM

In a matter of three days, Swansea City announced a series of three moves concerning the club's youth development.

First came the signing of 23-year-old forward Modou Barrow to a new three-year contract through the summer of 2019 after making 25 appearances in all competitions last season, including becoming the first Gambian to score a goal in the Premier League. Meanwhile, 20-year-old midfielder Adam King has also signed a new three-year contract to remain at the Liberty Stadium while the club announced 20-year-old midfielder Matt Grimes has joined up with Kyle Bartley on a season-long loan at Leeds United under former Swansea manager Garry Monk.
Jul 8 - 5:55 AM

Leroy Fer became Swansea City's first signing of the summer after the club made his loan from QPR into a permanent deal.

The Swans reportedly paid £4.5million to Queens Park Rangers for the midfielder who had been relegated in the two previous seasons with Norwich City and QPR before joining Swansea on loan in the winter transfer window. The 26-year-old made 11 appearances under Francesco Guidolin, whose half-term stay was also made permanent this summer. Fer's signing was quickly followed by the transfer of fellow Dutchman Mike van der Hoorn, a 23-year-old central defender from Ajax.
Jul 7 - 5:56 PM

Swansea City have officially completed the signing of center back Mike Van der Hoorn by way of Ajax.

Van der Hoorn marks the second Netherlands player signed by the Swans this week, with Leroy Fer making a permanent move from QPR just yesterday. Van der Hoorn will look to battle Federico Fernandez for a starting job, as Ashley Williams should not feel under much threat being the club captain and impressing in this summer's Euros. At 23 years of age, Van der Hoorn has room to develop further and has height to his advantage at 6'3". It may need to take a very massive impression in pre-season from him or a conversely poor pre-season from Fernandez for the Dutchman to earn starts straight away. Otherwise, he may wait his turn behind Fernandez when the season starts so, for now, he is not on the fantasy radar just yet.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 6 - 9:13 AM

Swansea City are reportedly on the verge of striking a permanent deal with Queens Park Rangers that would see Leroy Fer staying in South Wales.

Fer came to the Swans on a loan spell back in January, and, with the pursuit of Joe Allen dying down now that Liverpool are valuing the Welsh midfielder at an even higher price based on his Euro 2016 performance, it looks as though the Jacks will be content in retaining Fer. The asking price by QPR is reported to be in the neighborhood of £4.75m. The Dutch midfielder helped Swansea creep up the table in the final months of the season after they were hovering in relegation danger when the calendar turned to 2016. Speaking of Dutchman, Ajax defender Mike van der Hoorn is said to be having a medical ahead of a move to Liberty Stadium, so that rumor which was reported here several days ago appears to be coming to fruition in the next couple of days.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 4 - 8:01 AM

Iceland's magical tournament came to an end against France as they coughed up four goals in the first half, but they played hard for 90 minutes in a match that ended, 5-2.

By the time this match kicked off, five teams were left in this competition and Iceland were unbeaten. A truly inspiring story simply could not contend with the host nation in tonight's match though. Gylfi Sigurdsson delivered the first shot on target in the match, but his effort in the third minute didn't have enough on it to challenge Hugo Lloris. Iceland then went on to concede four goals to France before the halftime whistle. The match was certainly decided, but all respect is deserved to Iceland, who outscored France two goals to one in the second half, giving 100% effort from start to finish. A cross by Sigurdsson assisted the first of those two goals. Not many nations are remembered for finishing a tournament with a loss in the quarterfinals but Iceland's showing in Euro 2016 will not be forgotten any time soon.
Source: The Guardian
Jul 3 - 5:04 PM

Ashley Williams is expected to be available to face Belgium in one of the biggest games in Wales national team history.

The Swansea City captain went down with a shoulder injury after colliding with Jonny Williams against Northern Ireland, but manager Chris Coleman said he expects the defender to be fit for the quarterfinals: "We think it was when he fell and landed on his hand with a straight arm which had an impact on his shoulder," Coleman said. "But he is okay. Ashley will be fine. It sounds better actually, that he would play with a dislocated shoulder - and he would if we let him. But it was not...'I would not say he was a worry or a doubt, but we know we have to look after him. I would be surprised if he does not make the game.''
Source: BBC Sport
Jun 28 - 4:42 AM

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Iceland have continued their dream tournament with a 2-1 knockout stage win over England on Monday and will face France in the quarterfinals.

England won a 4th minute penalty through Raheem Sterling that Wayne Rooney put into the bottom right corner of the Iceland goalkeeper's net and it looked like the giants would slay the minnows without much trouble. From there the script flipped almost immediately as Iceland immediately came down the pitch after the restart and won a throw. From a long throw, they got a header into the box that was rocketed past Joe Hart by Ragnar Sigurdsson. A mere 12 minutes later Iceland took the lead on a shot from the top of the box by Kolbeinn Sigthorsson that Joe Hart got his left hand on but couldn't keep out of the net. From there it was a dire attempt by the Three Lions to come back that never looked likely to succeed. Another in a long line of failed international competitions for the English.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 27 - 6:11 PM

Chris Coleman is expected to provide an update on Ashley Williams during today’s press conference after the Wales skipper injured his shoulder during Saturday’s last-16 win over Northern Ireland.

Williams collided heavily with team-mate Jonny Williams deep into the second half but managed to see the game out after receiving lengthy treatment. However, the Swansea central defender was sent for a scan on Sunday to determine the extent of the damage and is rated as touch and go for the upcoming quarter-final with Belgium. "The next 24 to 48 hours will be key, whether it's bruising and just impact, or whether there's damage to any ligaments or a tear in his muscle," said the Wales boss post-match. "We won't really know until [Sunday], but he was struggling, couldn't move his arm." If Williams fails to recover then West Ham’s James Collins is expected to step into the fray with Aaron Ramsey taking the captains armband.
Source: Wales Online
Jun 27 - 5:34 AM

Swansea City have reached an agreement with Eredivisie side Ajax for the transfer of center back Mike van der Hoorn for a fee of around £2m.

The 23-year-old Dutch defender will travel to Wales this week to hash out the terms of his deal with the Swans, but, unless there is some sort of unforeseen faux pas, he will become the first signing of the summer for Franseco Guidolin. van der Hoorn would not likely be an automatic starter from the jump for Swansea, but Federico Fernandez would seem the likeliest to be under threat with Ashley Williams a mainstay as the club captain. The Jacks still have Jordi Amat in the mix as well. It will be a situation to monitor in preseason as there could be a bargain player to emerge as Williams' partner this coming fantasy season.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 26 - 1:34 PM

Veteran midfielder Kari Arnason said Iceland will meet England "with full force" after his assist – for this evenings opening goal - helped the unfancied minnows to clinch second place in Group F with a 2-1 victory over Austria.

With Portugal and Hungary playing out a thrilling 3-3 draw, the stage looked to be set for Cristiano Ronaldo to face England in the last-16 knockout phase before substitute Amor Traustason popped up with 90+4 winner to leapfrog Portugal who are yet to win in the competition. Swansea playmaker Glyfi Sigurdsson will be relishing the opportunity of facing some of his Premier League counterparts while Aron Gunnarsson may feel he has a point to prove having plied his trade for one top flight season with Cardiff City before they were relegated to the second tier. The Three Lions will start massive favourites on the night but Iceland are yet to taste defeat at Euro 2016 and are more than capable of upsetting the apple cart.
Source: Soccerway
Jun 22 - 4:06 PM

Poland finish second in their group and head to the knockout stage by scoring the only goal of the match from a substitute and keeping yet another clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Ukraine.

While Poland led all countries in scoring during the qualifiers leading up to this tournament, the attack has been mediocre at best and it has been the defending that has helped them out of their group. It almost reminds one of Leicester City, who were able to adapt from a team that relied on scoring to a team that got results from outstanding defending. The lone goal came from Jakub Blaszczykowski, who began the game on the bench, in the 55th minute, as he was fed the ball from a short corner and fired home. Rack up another clean sheet for Swansea's Lukasz Fabianski as we should see this same Polish defense lining up for their Round of 16 match in a few days.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 21 - 2:25 PM



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