Swansea City are back in for a fit Michael Obafemi
Tuesday, 8th Jun 2021 16:11 by David Cornish
A rejuvenated and raring to go Michael Obafemi is back in training and looking to earn a summer move away from Southampton. The Republic of Ireland international is only 20 but wants to reignite his career after a long injury lay off that nearly saw him in a Swansea shirt on loan in January. The day before the paperwork was complete Obafemi was injured in training and had a few months in recovery.
Michael Obafemi Is a realistic target for the swans on loan, his salary isn’t huge in football terms, we understand 12k a week would secure him. However a permanent move at 2 million will put the swans off. Already linked with Thomas Henry at OH Leuven this seems to be an either or situation regardless if Steve Cooper leaves this month. The longer Crystal Palace take to make a decision on their new manager, for us the more likely they will be negotiating with clubs to release their managers. Cooper has a release clause, that has to be paid of Palace want his signature, it’s around 2.8 million which would be welcome funds to sign a striker. If that money is received then swans fans will want Henry for sure. The latest is Nuno Espírito Santo is odds on for the job.
From a saints point of view Ralph Hasenhuttl has said: “The good thing is, we do not need to sell players, not our best ones. We will maybe sell other players, the ones who could be of interest to lower league clubs. It is not about selling players, only about selling the right ones. It is really important to point out that we have done our research historically over the past ten years where we have brought players in”
Director of football Matt Crocker has stated "There are key fundamentals where we have done certain things, in terms of the transfer market. The age of a player, the number of eyes on him in terms of reports, the leagues they're coming from, the minutes they have played. "This has significantly improved our success in the transfer market in terms of players coming in and having an impact as well as having future sell-on value for us. "We have to be strategic and stick to our principles. We have made mistakes with signings that do not fit within our principles so a big part of my job is to make sure that we stick to the plan.
"We will do our research and will then present those players to Ralph who fit that profile of player and our recruitment fundamentals."
Swansea City do have a clear pathway with players already highlighted as preferred signings to make a third time lucky challenge to get back in to the premier league. It obviously all depends now on the funds that will be released to make that happen. What we can say is to do that the swans will have no choice but to move one or two of their stars on.
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