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Tottenham must look to Swansea’s Alfie Mawson to replace Toby Alderweireld



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For many Tottenham fans, and seemingly Mauricio Pochettino, the loss of Toby Alderweireld is an unavoidable fact. Looking for someone to step in and fill his shoes is a tough task, but the odds on one man stand out in particular: Alfie Mawson.

Tottenham are clear favourites to seal a deal for the England international with Sky Bet, who offer odds as low as 2/1. Arsenal are the next best option at 8/1, whilst he is 4/6 to leave Swansea this summer.

With odds also offered as low as 4/7 that Alderweireld will depart, it’s pretty clear that if Mawson does arrive for the first season at New White Hart Lane, it will be to replace the Belgian.

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The defender has impressed despite forming part of one of the sides struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League in Swansea City, earning an England call-up in the process and even being in the frame for a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad to travel to Russia for the World Cup.

Having come from the bottom, initially with Brentford, first making his name on loan at League Two team Wycombe Wanderers, he is exactly the kind of project that will appeal to Pochettino.

Now firmly established as a Premier League player, he has averaged an impressive 6.2 clearances per Premier League game this season, one of the highest in the division.

The chance to continue his development alongside another experienced professional in Jan Vertonghen would only help to bring his game on and develop further.

The only doubt for the Lilywhites will be how Pochettino balances the potential signing of Mawson alongside Davinson Sanchez at the back off the back of yet another season without silverware where critics have accused the team of lacking experience and character for the big occasions.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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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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Swansea approach for Liverpool youngster Yan Dhanda could prove a shrewd piece of business

Josh Kerr



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Swansea City’s recent relegation to the Championship has only been a matter of days and already the club are lining up potential deals for next season.

According to BBC Sport, the Swans are very close to signing the talented Liverpool youngster Yan Dhanda, with the Birmingham-born forward out of contract in the summer.

The 19-year-old is highly rated and has been one of Liverpool’s most promising prospects for many years.

However, he looks set for an Anfield exit and a move to the Swans comes at a time during which the South Wales outfit are looking to establish a squad that can target promotion next season.

Dhanda’s arrival would represent a shrewd piece of business.

Having joined Liverpool from West Brom in 2013, Dhanda was once one of the Baggies most prized possessions and a star of the club’s academy system.

His move to Merseyside,  at the age of 15, angered former Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace at the time, who was quick to show his discomfort with the bigger sides stealing their best talents.

However, Swansea will be delighted if the Liverpool midfielder moves to the Liberty Stadium.

After all, the Championship could be the perfect platform for the teenager considering the likes of Nottingham Forest and Leeds have previously shown an interest in his talents.

A move to Wales could be the perfect opportunity for Dhanda to showcase what the likes of Leeds and Forest were missing out on.

The youngster was a regular feature in the Reds’ Premier League 2 campaign, and his jump to the Championship could be the perfect opportunity for him to establish himself in the senior game.

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Ollie McBurnie bid shows Steven Gerrard’s ambition is already rubbing off at Ibrox

The Swansea youngster would be a signing of intent for the Gers.

Josh Kerr



Ollie McBurnie
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According to The Sun, newly appointed Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has already launched a £4 million bid to tempt Swansea City striker Ollie McBurnie to Ibrox.

The Gers ended their league campaign in bizarre fashion as they held out an entertaining 5-5 draw at Hibernian, meaning they finished the season in third place behind Aberdeen and treble-chasers Celtic.

However, despite finishing substantially behind their bitter-rivals, the appointment of Gerrard represents the club’s intent to close the gap between the two Glasgow clubs, and the bid for McBurnie is showing early positive signs.

The Swans forward has found it challenging to break into the South Wales side since his 2015 move from Bradford City.

However, the 21-year-old has excelled since his loan move to Barnsley this season, which saw the youngster hit nine goals in 17 games.

The Scotland international will rejoin his recently relegated Swansea side in the summer with a potential move undoubtedly on his mind.

McBurnie was a keen Rangers supporter growing up, and the appointment of Gerrard could persuade the striker to consider a move up North.

With just one year left on his contract, Rangers will hope that a £4 million bid is enough to secure a deal – with the chance to play for his boyhood club an even greater incentive.

The transfer would represent Gerrard’s early attempts to stamp his authority at Ibrox and could be the signing that spurs the club to a title challenge next season.

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