Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup waits on Itay Shechter deal
SWANSEA City are waiting to discover whether they will get the go-ahead to sign Itay Shechter.
The Israeli international has agreed to a season-long loan stay at the Liberty Stadium — but Swansea still do not know if the deal will happen.
That is because there is uncertainty over whether Shechter will be granted a work permit.
The rules state that a player who hails from outside the European Union must have played in 75 per cent of his country’s internationals over the past two years.
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Swansea fear that Shechter does not tick that box — but believe the authorities will take injuries into account and that he may yet get the nod to play in the Premier League.
“Michael is looking to bring Itay Shechter in on loan subject to a medical and him being granted a work permit,” explained Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins.
“We don’t think he qualifies automatically so that is holding things up — it is hard to know when we will know for certain.
“It is in the balance, but we are trying to get everything sorted out.”
Shechter is set to sign from German side Kaiserslautern, who were relegated from the Bundesliga last season.
He only arrived in Germany last summer but endured a difficult year, netting only three goals in 23 games.
He had previously been much more prolific in his native Israel, first for Maccabi Netanya and then Hapoel Tel Aviv.
The 25-year-old frontman was at the Liberty on Tuesday night to watch Swansea’s friendly win over Blackpool, but has not trained with the club as yet.