January transfer window ins and out at Swansea

Posted by Max Hicks

John Berry/Getty ImagesBafetimbi Gomis' salary would need to be adjusted if he came to Swansea.

Whom should Swansea bring in during the January transfer window, and whom should they ship out?


With the Swans struggling for goals and disruptive injuries to Michu and Wilfried Bony revealing a lack of depth up front, manager Michael Laudrup will look to bring in another striker. Lyon's Bafetimbi Gomis has resurfaced as a potential target, but he'd have to be prepared to re-structure his 40,000 pounds-a-week wage demands into an incentive-based system with a basic salary about half that figure.

Michu has suggested Liverpool's Iago Aspas would benefit from joining Swansea's Spanish contingent on loan, but Swansea already have two strikers who are struggling to acclimate to the Premier League and really need a proven commodity at this stage, which makes far-fetched-sounding interest in Juventus' Fabio Quagliarella all the more intriguing. Similarly unlikely is a longshot loan deal for Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata, and with Spurs and Arsenal also in the picture, Swansea are an outside bet at best.

Strikers need service, so Laudrup also might like to add to his second-level attacking options, and while Blackpool's Tom Ince probably isn't going anywhere (yet), Swansea have been connected with loan moves for Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and Tottenham's Lewis Holtby. In deeper midfield, Man City outcast Abdisalam Ibrahim could be set to move for a small compensation figure and would add muscle, though he might be too raw to make an immediate impact.

In defence, a move for Espanyol's Hector Moreno looks likely following Swansea's initial interest last summer. The Mexican international will offer relief and competition to a squad thin at centre-back. Chelsea prospect Kenneth Omeruo, who can cover both centre- and right-back, might also be on the shopping list, but as he'd be one for the future instead of one for right now, Swansea might hold off until the summer. Laudrup will also target a goalkeeper to add cover while Michael Vorm undergoes knee surgery, with West Brom's Boaz Myhill and Aston Villa's Shay Given in the reckoning.

Michu will undergo ankle surgery in January, which should deter Arsenal from bidding for him until at least the summer, but left-back Ben Davies has been drawing interest from both Manchester United and Chelsea as a replacement for elder statesmen Patrice Evra and Ashley Cole. If either of those clubs snags Leighton Baines instead, then Everton might suddenly develop their own interest in Davies. The Swans handed Davies a new contract on Christmas Eve, and with the left-back's stock on the rise, my guess is the new paperwork probably contains a healthy minimum release fee.

Meanwhile, Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has expressed interest in adding Swansea's Ki Sung-Yueng to his Sunderland squad permanently, but the Swans would probably like to recoup at least the 5 million pounds they originally paid for him before letting him go, while forgotten man Leroy Lita will probably join Brighton -- where he is presently on loan -- on a permanent deal.


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