Swansea City close on left-back
MICHAEL Laudrup believes there is quality available in the free-agent market and hopes to land a new left-back in time for Swansea City’s trip to Aston Villa.
Swansea are on the hunt for a fresh face after Neil Taylor suffered a season-ending ankle injury last weekend.
And an optimistic Laudrup reckons there are decent alternatives on offer even though the transfer window is closed. Until January 1, Swansea can only sign players who were not attached to a club when the summer window shut last week.
And after looking across Europe for left-sided defenders, Laudrup is hopeful of recruiting a player capable of thriving in the Premier League.
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“When you look at the squad, our only big problem is left-back because of Neil’s injury,” said the Swansea manager.
“We are working on it. What has happened is very sad for Neil, and for us it was difficult that it came around 20 hours after the closure of the transfer window.
“But we have been looking for a couple of days at the free agents who are available and I think there are a couple of players who could suit us. Now we have to see what happens.”
One left-back with extensive Premier League experience who is currently unattached is Paul Robinson, who left Bolton in the summer.
It is thought his name has been discussed by Swansea’s decision- makers but that the former West Brom man will not be heading to Wales.
Instead Laudrup is more likely to turn to the Continent as he seeks a player who can compete with youngster Ben Davies for the left-back spot at the Liberty.
“There are a lot of names being mentioned and a lot of people are calling us,” Laudrup added.
“Agents are calling and offering players and that’s fine.
“Of course, we have to try to find out about these players.
“We have to do some research — we have to talk to a lot of people who have no interest in these players and get their opinions.”
Taylor is expected to leave hospital later this week after having surgery on his ankle.
Members of Swansea’s coaching staff went to see the Welsh international and reported that he was in decent spirits given the grim circumstances.
Laudrup believes Taylor’s misfortune will be good news for another player.
“To have the possibility to come to the Premier League is a great possibility for someone,” the Dane said. “Let’s see what happens in the next couple of days.
“It would be nice to get something done before our next game, although it’s not crucial.
“If we have to wait for some days it’s okay, but the sooner the better.”