Swans' transfer targets

Posted by Max Hicks

Ian Walton/Getty ImagesMany Swansea fans believe that Danny Graham will be wearing a different Premier League jersey soon.

The transfer window is open and Swans chairman Huw Jenkins has made money available for Michael Laudrup, who wants to bring in at least two or three new players.

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There could be more player movement than some might expect in Swansea, with several bit part players likely to be moved if there is interest. Swansea have done well so far but could use reinforcements; the squad is short of quality depth at almost every position. Striker is the priority, but another winger, some steel in midfield and more defensive cover are also on the list.

Forwards

Iago Aspas remains the name most linked to a Swans move. The Celta Vigo striker is young, and has only half a season and six goals worth of top league experience. However, his off the ball movement, nose for goal, and technical skill would make him an ideal fit for Laudrup's Swans, who will have to meet the striker's eight million pounds release clause to get him. Aspas is a local boy playing for his boyhood team, and would probably prefer that the heart-wrenching decision be taken out of his hands. The size of the release fee represents a big risk for the Swans if things don't go to plan should they sign him.

Eder of Braga is rumoured to be another target. The forward can play all across the front line, but might be expensive, having only just joined Braga in the summer. Here he is skinning Michael Carrick and setting up a goal with a delightful Wayne Routledge-style outside-of-the-boot pass.

The Danny Graham saga continues, with the smart money suggesting the forward will leave the Liberty in this window. The Geordie has been most often linked with Norwich, who would appear to be the front-runners for his services, and also Reading and West Ham. There is an outside chance Newcastle could come in for the striker, especially with Demba Ba's exit. Graham, a Newcastle lad, would bite both Mike Ashley's hands off for a chance to wear the black and white of his favourite club.

There is concern among Swans fans that selling Graham to another Premier League side would be bad business, that it would be seen as strengthening a side the Swans are competing against to stay up. Many would prefer to see Luke Moore or Itay Shechter leave instead. However, it is Graham that would command the most money in the market (Shechter is a loanee), and although it might make more sense to hold on to the striker until the off-season, his value is only likely to drop unless he plays more games and scores more goals -- an unlikely scenario if Laudrup signs another striker.

Midfield

The Swans midfield is fairly well-stocked, but still lacks a defensive battler or legitimate cover for Leon Britton. Betis anchor man Jose Cañas would address both issues, and although a deal for the midfielder was considered as good as done, Betis are now holding out for more money. Cañas himself has agreed to take a lower wage than initially offered from the Swans to allow the club to make a bigger bid, and with Betis in administration, it seems likely a deal will eventually be struck, especially with Cañas able to leave for free in the summer. Here he is helping tackle Leo Messi.

There might also be a deal to bring Jonathan de Guzman to the Liberty permanently. The Villareal player is on loan with the Swans, but with his parent club also facing financial difficulties, it seems a deal could easily be reached. It might be more prudent for Laudrup to wait until the summer for that one, though; de Guzman is on a season-long loan and this window's money could be better spent elsewhere.

Defence

There has been talk of West Brom's Craig Dawson coming to Swansea. Beyond centre backs Chico Flores and Ash Williams, the team is short of starting quality, with Garry Monk and Kyle Bartley the main options. It would be nice to see Bartley given a chance to develop, along with fellow prospect Darnel Situ, who has been waiting in the wings long enough. Marcos Alonso from Bolton is another rumour, but with Ben Davies and Neil Taylor on long-term deals and Dwight Tiendalli also providing cover, is there room for another left back?

On the out

The Swans will also use this window to jettison fringe players who are soaking up the wage budget while not even making the subs bench. Alan Tate is already enjoying a loan spell at Leeds and could join permanently, while the likes of Leroy Lita and Mark Gower will be shopped or possibly released. If Laudrup signs a quality centre back, Garry Monk's time as a Swan could also be over.

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