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Three players Swansea City should sign on deadline day

Rob Meech

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Swansea City have been resurgent under Paul Clement, who steered them to Premier League survival last season. The departure of chief playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton was undeniably a blow, but the Swans manager has responded with some astute signings, including Roque Mesa and Sam Clucas. Further incomings are expected, with The Guardian reporting that Renato Sanches is close to finalising a season-long loan deal at the Liberty Stadium from Bayern Munich.

Here are three more signings that Swansea should look to make on deadline day:

Fabian Delph

Delph joined Manchester City two years ago but has never been a regular in the starting XI. The 27-year-old has been beset with injury problems and has slipped down the midfield pecking order at the Etihad as a result of City’s enormous spending spree. However, so good had Delph’s form been at Aston Villa that he was a mainstay in Roy Hodgson’s England team during qualification for the 2016 European Championships.

With Pep Guardiola keen to trim his squad, Delph may be available for an affordable price. Despite having landed Sam Clucas, Swansea look to be short of midfield options since Sigurdsson’s exit. Delph could provide them a cutting edge. When fit, he is a high-octane performer who covers a lot of ground. Not only capable of carrying out the dirty work, Delph is comfortable on the ball and capable of creating chances.

Benik Afobe

With Sky Sports claiming Fernando Llorente is in talks over a potential switch to Chelsea, Swansea are in need of a striker with Premier League pedigree. Bournemouth forward Afobe, who joined the Cherries from Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2016, could be the ideal signing.

The DR Congo international has enjoyed a fairly successful spell on the south coast, scoring 10 goals in 45 Premier League appearances – many of those coming off the bench. Afobe struck up an excellent partnership with Joshua King last season, but the summer arrival of Jermain Defoe could see him relegated back to the bench. Afobe is a hard worker and is at his best when he plays on instinct. A fox in the box, the 24-year-old is guaranteed to score goals and would provide Clement with an alternative to Tammy Abraham.

Phil Jagielka

The Everton centre-back has been there, done it and worn the T-shirt. However, since Ashley Williams and, more recently, Michael Keane joined the Merseyside club, his playing time has become reduced. The 35-year-old may only have one or two seasons left in him in the Premier League, but he is more than capable of doing a solid job.

Swansea could do with an experienced head in defence to steer them through pressurised situations and the centre-back, who has earned 40 caps for England, could be that man. He would also act as a great mentor for young talent Alfie Mawson. Jagielka might be tempted by the idea of a new challenge in the autumn of his career and the prospect of regular football.

Rob is a freelance writer, specialising in football, who previously worked as a sports journalist at the Dorset Echo. A long-standing AFC Bournemouth supporter, Rob can often be found on the terraces at the Vitality Stadium. Follow him on Twitter - @RobMeech

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Lukasz Fabianski exit should lead Swansea City to Liverpool’s Danny Ward

Swansea have been linked with the Liverpool stopper.

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Swansea City have sold goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. West Ham United have paid a fee in the region of £7 million to make the Poland stopper their new number one under Manuel Pellegrini after the Swans were relegated to the Championship.

So could this now pave the way for a Liverpool exit?

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The player in question is Danny Ward. The Welsh international was linked with a move to Swansea back at the start of the month and would be the perfect recruit for the Swans.

First of all, he would be playing in his Welsh homeland which would make him an immediate fan favourite. The 24-year-old is also more than experienced in the Championship. He was Huddersfield Town’s goalkeeper when they won promotion in 2017, playing the majority of games for the Terriers that season.

He is also not getting a look in at Liverpool. In two days time, the Wrexham-born star will turn 25 and he needs to be playing first-team football on a regular basis.

With Fabianski gone Swansea need a new goalkeeper and Ward is clearly the perfect man for the job.

Liverpool, on their part, should not stand in his way and allow him the chance to become a hero in South Wales if Swansea do follow up their initial inquiries.

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West Ham fans thrilled with double unveiling of Lucasz Fabianski and Issa Diop

The club completed the double deal in the last 24 hours

Jamie Watts

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West Ham have unveiled two new signings today in Swansea goalkeeper Lucasz Fabianski and Toulouse centre-back Issa Diop, the club has confirmed via their official website, as Manuel Pellegrini looks to bolster his squad, in pursuit of loftier ambitions next term.

The highly rated French defender joined first, with the club confirming they have broken an  “undisclosed club-record fee” to bring him to the London Stadium on a five-year contract. And Fabianski swiftly followed suit, penning on a three-year deal with the Hammers.

Fans are becoming enamoured with their new manager and his eagerness to improve the team, and have taken to Twitter to express their excitement for the rest of the window, and the season ahead under the Chilean’s guidance.

Here’s the reaction:

The two signings follow on from the addition of Fulham fullback Ryan Fredericks earlier this month and it doesn’t seem as though the ex-Manchester City boss has any intentions of slowing down on that front.

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The club are still strongly linked with multiple midfielders including Javier Pastore and Jack Wilshere – with the player announcing his departure from Arsenal (BBC Sport)– and new additions seem likely over the coming weeks.

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Graham Potter should bring Saman Ghoddos with him to Swansea City

The Ostersunds boss looks set to take over at Swansea City this week.

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It appears that Swansea City have decided on the man to replace Carlos Carvalhal. Ostersunds boss Graham Potter is being heavily linked with the job and the two parties are said to be in talks.

An announcement is expected on Friday and, barring any last minute drama, it appears that Potter will be the new Swansea boss.

The 43-year-old has earned rave reviews for his management of the small Swedish side. He has guided them to the top-flight of Swedish football and last season led them on a tremendous Europa League run. They beat the likes of Galatasaray, PAOK Salonika, Hertha Berlin and Arsenal in their run to the last 32 of the competition.

Potter is, therefore, an exciting choice for Swansea and, hopefully, he can bring some of his former players with him to the Liberty Stadium.

(during UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Arsenal and Ostersunds FK at the Emirates Stadium on February 22, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

One such player who would be perfect for Swansea is Iranian international Saman Ghoddos.

The 24-year-old joined Ostersunds in January 2016 from Syrianska and has since gone on to be a big hit at the club. Last season the striker scored 15 goals and assisted nine in 30 league appearances for the club.

This campaign, the striker has 10 goals and six assists from 27 appearances in another impressive looking campaign.

Swansea will need to bring in new recruits this summer if they are to challenge for Championship promotion. One area that needs serious investment is up front. Swansea are lacking firepower and with Tammy Abraham’s loan spell at an end that is now clearly evident.

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Ghoddos is an exceptional and versatile option up top. Capable of playing in a number of positions his arrival would give Swansea real attacking depth.

Not only does he score goals, but he sets them up as well, making him a perfect new recruit for the goal-shy Swans frontline.

If Potter does, as expected, take over at Swansea, then bringing the Iranian in before he heads to the World Cup would be a smart move.

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