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Swansea set to sign Australian goalkeeper Mark Birighitti - sources

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Mark Birighitti is a free agent after his contract with Newcastle Jets.

Swansea are poised to sign Australian international goalkeeper Mark Birighitti on a free transfer, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC.

Birighitti is a free agent after seeing out his contract at Australian A-League side Newcastle Jets and a number of clubs across Europe have expressed an interest in his services.

However, Swansea are in pole position to land the highly-rated 25-year-old as they look to bring in cover and competition for current No. 1 keeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Birighitti, who was on the bench for Australia's 2-1 defeat to England in May, has been linked with a move to the Premier League in the past with both Newcastle United and Bournemouth credited with an interest in the shot-stopper.

Birighitti enjoyed an outstanding season with Newcastle Jets last term, winning the club's player of the season award as well as being named in the PFA A-League Team of the Season.

Birighitti, who had a loan spell in Italy in Serie B with Varese in 2015, is ready to return to Europe as he wants to play at the highest level possible to enhance his international ambitions with Australia.

The Perth-born star will have no problem winning a work permit to secure his move to Swansea as he holds an Italian passport. Now he looks set to become Francesco Guidolin's fourth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Leroy Fer, Mike van der Hoorn and Tyler Reid.


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