Departures hurt Swansea’s Premier League recruitment drive

Swansea City can breathe a huge sigh of relief as it appears likely that they will escape a transfer embargo relating to the Tamas Priskin loan row. Ipswich Town’s complaint is likely to be heard by the Football League as opposed to the Premier League, with a fine more likely than a ban. Swansea do not need any further obstacles after a tough start to their transfer business, finding it difficult to attract players and also to hold on to their current players.

So far, only Danny Graham has been recruited, for a record £3.5m, yet Darren Pratley has left for Bolton and goalkeeper Dorus de Vries has signed for Wolves, both players having reached the end of their contracts. Right-back Angel Rangel is also approaching the final few weeks of his current deal and appears no closer to signing the new contract that has been offered. Left-back Neil Taylor is believed to be on the verge of signing for Newcastle, with a bid activating his £1m release clause. For the Swans, the task of squad strengthening is starting to resemble squad rebuilding.

Swansea hope to secure the talents of Tottenham’s highly-regarded centre back Steven Caulker on a season-long loan, but face competition from fellow newcomers Norwich. Middlesbrough have also rejected a bid, believed to be less than £1m, for Leroy Lita, with Boro boss Tony Mowbray asking for any future interest to include a “serious offer”. Interest in Marvin Emnes has also been rebuffed. Jagiellonii Bialystok claim that Swansea have made a “concrete” offer for their goalkeeper Gregorz Sandomierski, while Blackpool left back Stephen Crainey and Club Brugge and Germinal Beerschot midfielders Ronald Vargas and Victor Wanyama have also been linked, presumably with a view to replacing de Vries, Taylor and Pratley.

Far more audacious is Swansea’s bid to tempt Vilarreal’s Spanish international and World Cup winner Marcos Senna to South Wales. His agent has already confirmed the approach and Senna was due to meet with the Spanish side over the weekend to discuss his future, with his current deal due to expire shortly. It is believed that both Vilarreal and Senna’s family hope he will remain in Spain, although he is believed to be keen on the challenge of the Premier League in the twilight of his career. A further year in La Liga is the most likely outcome but were Swansea to secure his services, it could prove to be a significant acquisition in terms of providing experience to a relatively young squad and could help attract a higher calibre of player to the club. Former Valencia and one time fellow Spanish international Vicente may be such a player. The 29-year-old has been released after 11 injury-plagued years at the club and has claimed that his next move will be to a Premier League side. Swansea face competition from Blackburn and Newcastle for the left winger.

Swansea established a style of football in the Championship that is reliant on a passing game, attacking with pace while remaining resolute in defence. It is a combination that should allow Swansea to compete and maybe even flourish in the Premier League, but losing a large chunk of their formidable back line is a huge blow. There will need to be plenty of transfer activity in the coming weeks, even more than they will have originally bargained for.

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