Swansea City: Dos Santos bid could scupper Caulker return
SWANSEA City’s potential loan move for Tottenham’s Giovani Dos Santos could scupper their bid to bring Steven Caulker back to the Liberty Stadium next season.
Swansea are believed to be keen on signing both players on loan, but Premier League rules stipulate that a club can borrow only player at a time from a fellow top-flight side.
Mexican forward Dos Santos could be keen on a move having fallen out of favour at Spurs, while centre-back Caulker was hugely impressive during his season-long loan from the North London club.
Although a permanent transfer for the England Under-21 defender seems out of the equation, Tottenham and Caulker are both open to a second temporary deal.
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And it seems a loan would be the likeliest way of Swansea signing Dos Santos, who Brendan Rodgers watched play for Mexico in their 2-0 friendly win over Wales in New York last Sunday.
But the sticking point in such hopes is the fact that Premier League rules regarding loans state that “in no circumstances shall more than one (loan) be from the same transferor club”.
The only exception to this rule is any temporary transfer which becomes permanent.
In that case, Swansea would have to sign either Caulker or Dos Santos with an agreement in place to buy the player permanently at the end of the loan.
It could be a potential problem for the Swans, who are already set to spend a club record £6.8 million on Gylfi Sigurdsson and might be forced into deciding between Dos Santos and Caulker.
While a permanent transfer looks unlikely for Caulker, Rodgers would have to take another major chunk out of his transfer budget if he was to sign Dos Santos.
The 23-year-old, who was voted young player of the tournament at the 2010 World Cup, has been on loan at Ipswich, Galatasaray and Racing Santander in recent seasons, and Swansea could face stiff competition in their attempts to recruit him.
Dos Santos has met with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to discuss his future at the club, and it would appear he is on his way out of White Hart Lane.
He joined Spurs from Barcelona in 2008 but has made just two league starts during his time in London, and Rodgers is understood to have been impressed by the 55-cap Mexican playmaker’s performance against Wales.